Having trialled their new 1.6-litre turbo-powered cars in Spain last month, the teams travel to Bahrain this week to continue their preparations for the 2014 season in the heat of the desert. Can world champions Red Bull overcome their early teething problems? And how will Lotus’s new E22 perform in its first public outing?
My sources are telling me that Olivier Quesnel is definitely going to be named as the new Team Principal of the Lotus F1 Team. The 63-year-old Frenchman currently works as head of competition for Jacques Nicolet’s JN Holding, an organisation which owns the OAK Racing sports car operation and is also involved in manufacturing with […]
Lotus has put the first 100km on its new car after completing a filming day at Jerez last Friday “without any major problems”
Over the weekend it emerged in the French media that former Citroen and Peugeot motorsport boss Olivier Quesnel is in pole position to take over from Eric Boullier as team principal of Lotus F1 team The role is currently filled on an interim basis by team owner Gerard Lopez, who told L’Equipe newspaper on Saturday that Quesnel is the first choice, but that “The decision is not yet made.” Quesnel, who has a glittering career of success in rally and sportscars, was on the list of candidates four years ago when Lopez hired Boullier for the role and he was ;More…
Lotus F1 Team today last Friday its preview teaser to the 2014 season with drivers Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado and the team embracing one of the most difficult technical challenges seen in the sport for a generation. The technical department of Lotus F1 Team ran a development programme for the teaser video car in conjunction with the programme for the team’s 2014 challenger, the E22.
The Lotus E22, the final car to hit the track in this pre season build up, should finally get a run out today at Jerez, Spain. It is due to be given a shakedown in preparation for the crucial Bahrain tests starting in a couple of weeks. Pastor Maldonado will drive the car and he tweeted, “Finally back to the track work, planing a filming day in Jerez today
Having been the only team to miss the opening pre-season test in Spain last week, Lotus will finally give their new car its track debut on Friday when the E22 undergoes a shakedown test as part of a team filming day at Jerez. Lotus have already released some images of the Renault-powered car, which features a highly unusual, asymmetric split-nose design – one which has garnered much speculation over its legality
Multiple sources are reporting that there are redundancies at Lotus F1 Team in Enstone, with around 30 staff being laid off as the team tightens its belt. Lotus did remarkably well on the race track last year, finishing fourth in the Constructors’ Championship, thanks to the efforts of Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean. The team […]
The owners of the Russian telecoms company Yota – not the company itself – have bought 10 percent of Lotus F1 Team. The company has been owned since August last year by a company called Garsdale Services Investment Ltd which is owned by Russia’s richest man Alisher Usmanov, who bought out Yota founders Sergei Adonyev […]
Eric Boullier is to join McLaren in the role of Racing Director, a position that will see the former Lotus boss report to a yet-to-be-appointed CEO of the team. In a team statement, McLaren Chairman Ron Dennis said the hiring of Boullier forms “an integral part of a senior management restructure within McLaren Racing”. Boullier will be charged with running the team at races and will report to a new CEO of the F1 team, who will in turn report to Dennis