Formula 1 Team Histories – Part 3 – Renault F1 and Lotus F1

Part 1 of this series about the Formula 1 team that is based at Enstone looked at its origins as Toleman up until 1985).  Part 2 covered the years as Benetton Formula (1986 – 2001).  For 2002 Renault were confident that better results would come and rebranded the team Renault F1, and entered as a French team (still remaining at Enstone).  Jenson Button was retained and was joined...
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Newey has concerns over low nose

The low noses on the 2014 Formula 1 cars has certainly generated some creative interpretations with many teams designing a finger or anteater type of nose that has many photoshop folks working overtime with salacious interpretations. The nose height was mandated by the FIA regulations that took the original nose from 550mm to 185mm high. The reason for the change is to possibly prevent...
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January 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Top ten F1 fails of 2013

Another top ten, this time some of the failures of the past season: 1. McLaren’s pull rod suspension – Arguably the fastest car at the end of the 2012 season, this team (a master of shooting itself in the foot) decided that it had exhausted the development potential and needed a new direction for the final year of this regulation period. Ignoring the time t had taken Ferrari...
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December 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Musical chairs

And then there were three -- Two seats at Caterham, One at Marussia...Red BullSebastian VettelDaniel RicciardoFerrariFernando AlonsoKimi RaikkonenMercedesNico RosbergLewis HamiltonSTRJean-Eric VergneDaniil KvyatWilliamsFelipe MassaValtteri BottasMcLarenJenson ButtonKevin MagnussenLotusRomain GrosjeanPastor MaldonadoForce IndiaNico HulkenbergSergio PerezSauberAdrian SutilEsteban GutierrezMarussiaJu...
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December 20, 2013  |  Discuss

#F1Chat Preview – 2014 – the calendar and who goes where?

The biggest news of the past seven days involves the confirmed 2014 calendar and Nico Hulkenberg’s return to Force India. On tomorrow’s #F1Chat, we’ll be discussing the calendar and talking about the remaining few seats left to fill… The 2014 calendar has been confirmed and New Jersey, Mexico and Korea are absent. Thoughts on the calendar? What do you think about Abu Dhabi...
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December 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Who should Caterham hire?

If you were Caterham team boss Cyril Abiteboul, who would you hire for your driving team in 2014? Some have suggested a return of Heikki Kovalainen but if you were following the last two grands prix of the 2013 season, his return may have been more disappointing than Schumacher’s. For Caterham, it may be a slight return. The team started life with Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen...
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December 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Great seats going fast...

Since we last checked, two more seats have been confirmed, with Pastor Maldonado taking his vast talents to Lotus and Nico Hulkenberg winding up at Force India. Here's where we stand:Red BullSebastian VettelDaniel RicciardoFerrariFernando AlonsoKimi RaikkonenMercedesNico RosbergLewis HamiltonSTRJean-Eric VergneDaniil KvyatWilliamsFelipe MassaValtteri BottasMcLarenJenson ButtonKevin...
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December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Red Bull's Webber fastest in final practice for Brazilian Grand Prix

Mark Webber of Red Bull was fastest on a wet track in the final practice before qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix on Saturday. Webber, who is leaving Formula One after Sunday's race, had a lap of 1 minute, 27.891 seconds at Interlagos, ahead of Lotus drivers Roman Grosjean and Heikki Kovalainen. Sebastian Vettel, who already clinched his fourth straight F1 title, didn...
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November 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Six guys, five seats?

A few day's back I made my first outsider's guess as to who will be sitting where when the music stops. Some things seem a little clearer now, so here's an update...This much we know:Red BullSebastian VettelDaniel RicciardoFerrariFernando AlonsoKimi RaikkonenMercedesNico RosbergLewis HamiltonSTRJean-Eric VergneDaniil KvyatWilliamsFelipe MassaValtteri BottasMcLarenJenson...
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November 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Prime & Option: the week in review; November 18

This past week was dominated by the action in Austin for the United States Grand Prix and the return of Heikki Kovalainen, with a sprinkling of silly season thrown in as Williams announced that Felipe Massa will partner Valtteri Bottas next year. Pastor Maldonado responded angrily after qualifying, but quickly backtracked as he looks for a nearly confirmed place for 2014. Sergio...
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November 18, 2013  |  Discuss

#F1Chat Preview – the USGP

Sebastian Vettel has just taken his eighth consecutive win, McLaren have signed Kevin Magnussen for 2014 and Heikki Kovalainen has made a return to Formula One. It’s been a busy week, and we also have the final race of the season to look forward to. So here’s what’s coming up on tomorrow’s #F1Chat… Let’s begin with Esteban Gutierrez and Max Chilton’s penalties for impeding...
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November 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Austin Quali Recap: Vettel steals pole from Webber, Grosjean, Hulkenberg on row 2

Sebastian Vettel (1:36.338) snuck pole for the 2013 United States Grand Prix away from teammate Mark Webber on the last lap of qualifying, who looked impossibly dominant in Q3. Romain Grosjean and Nico Hulkenberg qualified on the second row for Sunday’s race, with Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso on row three. Alonso had to push his Ferrari into Q3, while Sergio Perez and Heikki...
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November 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Kimi’s surgery went well…but so did Heikki’s Friday!

The good news is that Kimi Raikkonen has a spine but we all knew that already. Raikkonen’s surgery went well and the teams said: “As planned, Kimi Raikkonen underwent back surgery yesterday at The University Hospital of Strasbourg,” a statement read. “Lotus F1 Team is happy to report that the operation was totally successful, according to Professor Afshin Gangi. “Kimi will...
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November 15, 2013  |  Discuss

It’s good to be back!

Join Paul, Mark (Fake Charlie Whiting) and I as we assault the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) for the United State Grand Prix. Formula 1 is back, so are we and so is Heikki Kovalainen. We’ll be tweeting so follow our hashtag at #f1b as well as #shellvpower to get the latest from us at the circuit. If you’re here, plan on meeting us at the Lost Pines Hyatt Saturday evening at...
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November 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Lotus tabs Kovalainen to finish 2013 season

Lotus has selected Formula One veteran Heikki Kovalainen to drive the last two races of the 2013 season in place of injured Kimi Raikkonen. Raikkonen, who is leaving Lotus for Ferrari in 2014, will miss the U.S. Grand Prix this weekend and the final race in Brazil on 2014 after opting for back surgery. Kovalainen has started 109 Grand Prix in previous stints with Renault, McLaren...
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November 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Kovalainen to run final two races

Finnish driver Heikki Kovalainen will replace countryman Kimi Raikkonen and race for Lotus in the final two races of the season. Raikkonen will miss the United States Grand Prix and Brazilian GP to undergo back surgery. He is joining Ferrari next season. The 32-year-old Kovalainen has raced in 109 GPs for Renault, McLaren, and Caterham, securing one win at the Hungarian GP in 2008...
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November 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Heikki in for Kimi after Schumi, Nico say no…told you Michael was good!

There is two sides to every coin and while Lotus F1 have been taking a beating on Twitter from some very impressive F1 journalists, I think I understand their position. Not endorsing anything but simply trying to understand. Davide Valsecchi is the reserve driver for the team but when Kimi Raikkonen announced he wouldn’t be driving for the last two races of the season, Lotus was...
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November 13, 2013  |  Discuss

25 reasons to watch F1

#1 Kimi’s amazing eye-hand coordination Is that my hand?  #2 Massa’s stair abilities Massa’s tricky stair ascent #3 Alonso Booing Seb…or making fart sounds as people pass by Alonso #4 Webber’s replacement? Webber’s replacement? #5 Peter Pedromou attempts to leave Red Bull for mcLaren Forced Gardening leave #6 Lewis Hamilton’s mad camera skills Lewis snap...
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October 12, 2013  |  Discuss

What does it take to get Hulkenberg in a top ride?

I’m not exactly sure why Nico Hulkenberg isn’t in a top team. I suspect it has to do with his rise through the ranks at Williams (having been let go in favor of a paying driver) and the lack of any available seats in top teams. His move to Force India saw him as a reserve driver for a season and eventually taking the helm and then later moving to Sauber (who seemed poised for...
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September 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Prime & Option: the week in review, September 2

As historically happens in the latter half of the season (this weekend is the final European round before Singapore!) on the week between races, all Formula 1 news centers around silly season. Unlike last week when we could talk about the Belgian Grand Prix, it was mostly about 2014 this week. 2014’s Silly Season Remains Strong As if there were not enough avenues for speculation...
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September 02, 2013  |  Discuss

It’s Ward vs Todt in FIA title fight!

Where’s Jim Lampley when you need him? We’ve got ourselves an election folks! Incumbent Jean Todt will take on former Director-General of the FIA Foundation, David Ward, for the hotly contested seat of FIA President. Ward resigned his position this week in order to take the fight to Todt in what should be a 12-round political Punch and Judy show replete with remote motoring...
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August 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Heikki Kovalainen is no pay-driver…is he the last man standing?

If you’re a Heikki Kovalainen fan then you have most likely been happy to see him still working with Caterham on a few Friday practice sessions. As a former McLaren driver and most recently a dislodged Caterham pilot (due to lack of money to buy the ride), Heikki is still a guy seeking a slot in Formula One. Heikki told AUTOSPORT: “We know the reasons I was forced out of Formula...
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August 28, 2013  |  Discuss

F1: I’m Here To Help Team, Says Kovalainen

Heikki Kovalainen is just happy to be back in a F1 car...
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April 18, 2013  |  Discuss

F1: Kovalainen Tests For Caterham As Rossi Lands GP2 Seat

Heikki Kovalainen will log test laps for his former race team...
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April 17, 2013  |  Discuss

F1: Van Der Garde Waiting For Caterham Decision

Dutchman Giedo van der Garde hopes to possibly replace Heikki Kovalainen at Caterham...
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December 04, 2012  |  Discuss
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