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Posted on Friday, October 21, 2011

Razia seeks backing for Interlagos race seat

Luiz Razia is pushing to secure a one-off race seat with Team Lotus for his native Brazilian grand prix. The 22-year-old Brazilian is already an occasional Friday practice and reserve driver with the Tony Fernandes-led team. And according to Agencia Gazeta Press, he is working hard to find the money to replace either Jarno Trulli or Heikki Kovalainen for his home event at Interlagos late next month. "For months I've been talking with sponsors to get the support needed to compete in this race," said […]

Posted on Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Vettel champion special - Comments

As the F1 field moves on to the Korean Grand Prix, here are some congratulatory comments for the new double world champion Michael Schumacher (Mercedes): "I would like to congratulate Sebastian and his team who have been exceptional the whole year. It is extremely emotional to see him win the Championship again - I am very happy for him and even a little bit proud." Ross Brawn (Mercedes): "Congratulations to Sebastian and Red Bull Racing on his second World Championship - he has driven impeccably […]

Posted on Sunday, October 9, 2011

Renault name change looming admits Boullier

Team boss Eric Boullier has confirmed that Renault plans to change its name for the 2012 season. With there currently being a team called Team Lotus competing against Group Lotus-sponsored Renault, the parties have been seeking a solution. It appears the plans are for Team Lotus to adopt the name of owner Tony Fernandes' carmaker Caterham for next season, with Renault becoming the sole Lotus. But name changes are not encouraged in F1, meaning that the proposal will need to be approved by the sport's […]

Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011

Glock: No KERS or 'big jump' for Virgin in 2012

Virgin will not be using KERS technology in 2012. Another of the new-in-2010 teams, Team Lotus, has announced that from next season it will be using the kinetic energy recovery system developed by Red Bull. "We have done the very best job we can this year but without that extra power we are always competing on a different level to the teams ahead," said team boss Tony Fernandes. Virgin is also making efforts to catch the more established teams, including by hiring the highly experienced […]

Posted on Monday, September 12, 2011

Chandhok could replace Trulli in India - Fernandes

Sep.12 (GMM) There could be a second Indian on the grid in Delhi next month, Team Lotus boss Tony Fernandes admits.

It has already emerged that Narain Karthikeyan will be reunited with his HRT cockpit when India stages its inaugural formula one race....

Posted on Monday, September 12, 2011

Reports say Kovalainen also staying at Team Lotus

Sep.12 (GMM) Heikki Kovalainen's place at Team Lotus is secure not only next year but also for 2013.

That is the claim of two authoritative publications in the wake of Sunday's news that the Finn's teammate Jarno Trulli is staying put for 2012.

The ...

Posted on Sunday, September 11, 2011

Team Lotus confirms Trulli for 2012

Sep.11 (GMM) Jarno Trulli is staying with Team Lotus in 2012, the Tony Fernandes-led outfit announced on Sunday morning.

Ahead of the 37-year-old's 15th home race at Monza, a media statement said Italian Trulli will race a third consecutive season wi...

Posted on Sunday, September 11, 2011

Fernandes hints at Team Lotus name change

Sep.11 (GMM) Tony Fernandes has hinted strongly that he will drop the Team Lotus name for his formula one team ahead of the 2012 season.

The Malaysian entrepreneur has been locked in a bitter dispute with Renault sponsor Group Lotus but won the legal...

Posted on Saturday, August 27, 2011

Team Lotus name and logo stays same for now

Aug.27 (GMM) Speculation reported on Friday about the future of Team Lotus' identity might have been wide of the mark.

The Finnish newspaper Turun Sanomat said Tony Fernandes' outfit will probably be renamed Caterham Team AirAsia for 2012, with the L...

Posted on Friday, August 26, 2011

Team Lotus to be Caterham Team AirAsia

Aug.26 (GMM) Tony Fernandes' formula one team will probably be renamed 'Caterham Team AirAsia' ahead of the 2012 season.

And Turun Sanomat correspondent Heikki Kulta also reports that, as the long naming dispute with Proton's Group Lotus comes to an ...

Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011

McLaren offered Virgin deal to Team Lotus

Aug.22 (GMM) McLaren also marketed its technical package to Team Lotus, boss Tony Fernandes has revealed.

It emerged recently that the struggling Virgin team has partnered with the famous British marque for the 2012 season, with the deal to include a...

Posted on Monday, August 15, 2011

Fernandes to buy Ecclestone's QPR stake

Yet another F1 name is being linked with Queens Park Rangers (QPR), the London football club that will contest the 2011-12 Premier League. The Financial Times (FT) and The Observer report that Tony Fernandes, owner and team principal of Team Lotus, is set to buy 51 per cent of the club from F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone. Ecclestone, 80, is said to be selling the remaining part of his 62 per cent stake to steel billionaire Lakshmi Mittal, with an announcement possible on Monday. FT […]