Lotus F1 technical chief Nick Chester continues to talk optimistically about the team’s current car, even though gremlins continue to compromise its performance.
Without a point in three rounds of the 2014 F1 world championship, Lotus is concentrating on short-term improvements and not thinking about the podium.
Pastor Maldonado says Lotus F1 will be ‘better placed for a more progressive approach to the race weekend’ in China following his finish at the BIC
Lotus man Romain Grosjean believes the Enstone outfit still has time to turn it around and do well in F1 2014
Technical director Nick Chester believes Lotus is on the verge of establishing itself as a regular points finisher again despite a frustrating time at testing in Bahrain
Lotus are on the verge of breaking into the top ten on merit, despite their torrid start to the 2014 season, according to the team’s technical director Nick Chester. The Enstone-based squad have been consigned to competing at the back of the field in the opening three Grands Prix, with neither Romain Grosjean nor Pastor Maldonado starting from higher than 15th on the grid
After a scintillating, breathless race in Bahrain, the F1 community travels east once more for the fourth round of the 2014 FIA Formula One World Championship. Those involved in the 2014 Formula 1 UBS Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai discuss their prospects for the event
After a scintillating, breathless race in Bahrain, the F1 community travels east once more for the fourth round of the 2014 FIA Formula One World Championship. Those involved in the 2014 Formula 1 UBS Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai discuss their prospects for the event
Daniel Ricciardo says Red Bull is “rapidly improving” its reliability and is surprised to see Lotus having such trouble with a Renault power unit
Lewis Hamilton was fastest by over three seconds on the second morning of in-season testing in Bahrain as Ferrari, Red Bull and Lotus all hit trouble
Bahrain GP stewards have come down hard on Pastor Maldonado and issued the Lotus driver with two further penalties for causing the crash which flipped Esteban Gutierrez’s Sauber.
Mexican driver Esteban Gutierrez’s Sauber flips over following a collision with the Lotus of Pastor Maldonado at the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Lotus’s Pastor Maldonado has been handed a five-place grid penalty and given three penalty points on his Super Licence for causing the crash which sent Esteban Gutierrez rolling out of the 2014 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix. Maldonado tagged the side of Gutierrez’s Sauber at Turn 1 on lap 41 of the 57-lap race, moments after rejoining the track from the pit lane.
There were points in the Bahrain Grand Prix for Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen while Daniil Kvyat’s points run ended with his P11…
Adrian Sutil has been handed a five-place grid penalty and received two penalty points after the FIA deemed the Sauber driver held up Lotus’s Romain Grosjean in an “unsafe manner” during qualifying in Bahrain. Sutil had qualified 18th, and will therefore start the third race of the season from the back of the grid
Lotus' Romain Grosjean will start from sixteenth and Pastor Maldonado seventeenth after the first-ever night time qualifying session for the Bahrain Grand Prix. Romain pipped Pastor to the final place in Q2 but was unable to progress further than that session at the Bahrain International Circuit.
Romain Grosjean says it is becoming apparent that Lotus is miles off where it wants to be with its 2014 car
Key practice points: F1 back in Bahrain after two pre-season tests For first time in its history, Bahrain Grand Prix will be run in night conditions under floodlights. FP2 was therefore run after dark Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo finishes FP2 in fourth, with Sebastian Vettel 7th Scuderia Toro Rosso continue top 10 pace Lotus F1 Team completes significant mileage Lots of laps on the board for Caterham F1 Team; overall Renault powered cars complete 429 laps of the (…) – Press Releases
Romain Grosjean says the Lotus Formula 1 team is “miles off” where it expected to be after showing disappointing pace in free practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Pastor Maldonado hits a kerb during second practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix which launches his Lotus up into the air.
After a breakthrough year in 2013, Romain Grosjean has fallen back down to earth with a bump in 2014. Whereas this time last year the Lotus driver was challenging for the podium, this season he’s had a challenge simply making it to the chequered flag.
After a breakthrough year in 2013, Romain Grosjean has fallen back down to earth with a bump in 2014. Whereas this time last year the Lotus driver was challenging for the podium, this season he’s had a challenge simply making it to the chequered flag. But as Grosjean tells us in this exclusive interview, things are finally starting to move in the right direction
Romain Grosjean admits the start of the season has been a bit of an emotional rollercoaster for him but is keen to see Lotus complete some trouble-free running in Bahrain
Drivers – Jules Bianchi (Marussia), Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso), Marcus Ericsson (Caterham), Nico Hulkenberg (Force India), Jenson Button (McLaren), Romain Grosjean (Lotus)
Lotus F1 Team has today announced the drivers of its Junior Team for 2014. Nine drivers from eight countries will compete in six different motorsport categories as part of the squad.
Romain Grosjean is confident Lotus will arrive in Bahrain with updates to the E22 as it looks to build on its first race finish of the season
Lotus technical director Nick Chester pinpoints the brake-by-wire system as the major culprit for performance but confirms the car's improved reliability now allows the team to start looking for speed improvements.
Ahead of this weekend s Bahrain Grand Prix, Romain Grosjean says Lotus is still aiming to finish on the podium at every race it goes to
Lotus has the potential to take the fight to Formula 1 teams in the top 10 like McLaren and score regular points, according to trackside operations director Alan Permane.
Crossing the line in 11th place just outside the points might not seem much cause for celebrations, but just finishing was a landmark moment for Lotus.
Lotus' Romain Grosjean finished in eleventh position after a hot and humid Malaysian Grand Prix, whilst Pastor Maldonado was forced to make an early retirement to prevent damage to his Renault Sport F1 power unit.
There were points in the Malaysian Grand Prix for Jenson Button, Felipe Massa, Valtteri Bottas, Kevin Magnussen and Daniil Kvyat…
Romain Grosjean believes he could have got his Lotus in to Q3 during qualifying for the Malaysian Grand Prix if he had made the right call to pit for fresh tyres
Lotus' Romain Grosjean will start from sixteenth and Pastor Maldonado seventeenth after a wet and wild rain-delayed qualifying session at the Sepang International Circuit for the 2014 Malaysian Grand Prix.
Pastor Maldonado denies feeling frustrated by the seemingly endless list of problems Lotus are having with their car, despite spending another day on the sidelines during opening practice for the Malaysia GP.
Renault insists customer status is not hurting the Lotus Formula 1 team, as problems with the reliability of the E22 continued in Malaysia on Friday.
Pastor Maldonado said it was power unit issues that were again at the centre of Lotus’ problems during practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix
Romain Grosjean is putting a brave face on Lotus’ continued struggles, as issues on both the team’s and Renault’s side of the garage limited him to another paltry return during Friday practice
Lotus’ troubled start to the season continued in Sepang as the team’s drivers set a total of just 14 timed laps across both opening practice sessions, with neither driver record a time in FP1 and Pastor Maldonado failing to set a time all day. The Venezuelan was restricted to the garage for much of the morning session in Malaysia but he eventually took the track with 20 minutes remaining.
Team Representatives – Federico Gastaldi (Lotus), Paul Hembery (Pirelli), Graeme Lowdon (Marussia), Cyril Abiteboul (Caterham), Monisha Kaltenborn (Sauber), Franz Tost (Toro Rosso) Q: Cyril, can I begin with you? You did a lot of mileage in the pre-season testing but it’s not been so good when it’s come to the actual action
Nico Rosberg continued Mercedes’ pacesetting form by topping the times in Free Practice for this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix, ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel. The top three cars were 7/100ths of a second apart; six cars were separated by just 0.2 seconds. The Australian GP winner set a benchmark time of 1:39.909, with Raikkonen and Vettel joining the German in dipping below the 100-second barrier, all with the use of the medium tyre, the softer of the two compounds on offer this weekend.
Nico Rosberg continued Mercedes’ pacesetting form by topping the times in Free Practice for this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix, ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel. The top six cars were separated by just 0.2 seconds. The Australian GP winner set a benchmark time of 1:39.909, with Raikkonen and Vettel joining the German in dipping below the 100-second barrier, all with the use of the medium tyre, the softer of the two compounds on offer this weekend.
Friday FIA press conference from Malaysia with Federico Gastaldi (Lotus), Paul Hembery (Pirelli), Graeme Lowdon (Marussia), Cyril Abiteboul (Caterham), Monisha Kaltenborn (Sauber) and Franz Tost (Toro Rosso).
Romain Grosjean is convinced Lotus will be close to fellow Renault outfit Red Bull once it has accumulated more mileage with the E22
Drivers – Kamui Kobayashi (Caterham), Pastor Maldonado (Lotus), Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso), Valtteri Bottas (Williams), Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari), Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) Q: Valtteri, we’ll start with you. Quite a race in Australia, 15th to sixth, hit the wall, back down to 15th, back up to sixth again, very eventful. But what do you think was possible that day?
Romain Grosjean is hoping for a “step forward” from struggling Lotus at this weekend’s Malaysia GP, although he acknowledges that it couldn’t have been much worse for them in Melbourne two weeks ago.
Pastor Maldonado says Lotus’ target at the Malaysian Grand Prix is to simply get both cars to the finish after pre-season testing and the opening race in Australia were dogged by unreliability problems.
Romain Grosjean believes Lotus will make a big step forward at this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix having learned so much from Melbourne
Pastor Maldonado admits it has been a “very tough” start to life at Lotus following his winter switch from Williams.
Lotus believes its E22 still has the potential to be “very strong”, but admits it is unlikely to be competing at competitive level until the Spanish Grand Prix