Whn Martin Donnelly’s Lotus 102 speared off into the Jerez barriers at 140mph it exploded into pieces. Donnelly was thrown across the track with his seat still strapped to his back.
Today’s spate of F1 launch announcements continues: Lotus is the latest team to confirm its 2010 launch date. It will show its car for the first time on February 12th. The car will make its first track appearance on February 17th. Team boss Tony Fernandes revealed on Twitter the team will fire the car’s engines … Continue reading Lotus announce February 12th launch date
Lotus have confirmed they will have an official launch for their 2010 F1 car before it makes its first track appearance on February 17th. The team will make its return to F1 at the third of the four F1 tests scheduled for February, at the Jerez circuit in Spain. They will also be at the … Continue reading Lotus will have launch before first test
Lotus is commemorating one of its most famous F1 cars with a special edition of its Exige S road car. The Lotus Exige S Type 72 is finished in black with gold detailing, mimicking the celebrated John Player Special livery of the Lotus 72 F1 car. According to Lotus it is “finished by the same … Continue reading Lotus builds black and gold Exige S Type 72
Lotus have confirmed their two drivers for their return to F1 in 2010. Ex-Toyota driver Jarno Trulli will join the team, being re-united with designer Mike Gasconye for the fourth time in his career. He will be partnered by Heikki Kovalainen, who was squeezed out of McLaren by the arrival of Jenson Button.
Bad news for Takuma Sato fans – the Japanese driver’s manager has ruled out him making a return to the cockpit in 2010 with Lotus. Lotus are set to announce their driver line-up on Monday and it’s looking increasingly likely that Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen will be named. Japan had two F1 drivers on … Continue reading No Lotus comeback for Takuma Sato
The new Lotus F1 team will reveal its 2010 F1 driver line-up on Monday. Jarno Trulli has long been linked with one of the seats. He has worked with Lotus’s chief technical director Mike Gascoyne several times before, often during the most successful parts of Trulli’s career: at Jordan in 2000, at Renault in 2003 … Continue reading Lotus F1 driver announcement on Monday
The official 2010 F1 teams list published today by the FIA has confirmed long-standing rumours the new Manor entry will be branded by former Brawn sponsors Virgin. The FIA has also noted the absence of an entry from Toyota and has not yet substituted it with another team – including new BMW owners Sauber.
The Malaysian-backed Lotus F1 team is likely to have a Malaysian in its 2010 driver line-up – but only in a testing role. The team’s chief technical officer Mike Gascoyne told the Malaysian Star Fairuz Fauzy is likely to be the team’s third driver. He said: Fairuz will be in the team probably as a … Continue reading Fairuz Fauzy tipped for third Lotus seat
Lotus has revealed the first pictures of its 2010 F1 car design. The car shows the progress the team has made since it won the right to the final slot on the 2010 F1 grid following the withdrawal of BMW.
Following yesterday’s developments it now looks like there could be as many as 14 teams racing in F1 in 2010. It would be fabulous to see 28-car Formula 1 grids, but is it really likely? I’m not sure.
The FIA announced today that Lotus will get the final place on the 2010 F1 grid. The Malaysian government has backed the bid and the entry was made by a company called “1Malaysia F1 Team”. 1Malaysia is an initiative of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, intended to promote unity among Malaysians. This brightly-coloured car … Continue reading Model hints at 2010 colour scheme for 1Malaysia / Lotus F1 car
Formula 1 cars from at least 14 different constructors will be demonstrated at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend. They include a special tribute to Williams, Lewis Hamilton in one of Ayrton Senna’s old McLarens, the largest collection of Silver Arrows and, of course, plenty of modern F1 cars. Here’s a run-down of the … Continue reading F1 car and driver highlights at the 2009 Goodwood Festival of Speed
F1 Fanatic guest writer Andrew Tsvyk looks back at a time when the F1 season started on January 1st.
The car in which Ayrton Senna scored his first Grand Prix victory was one of four Lotuses on display at Autosport International. Senna won the 1985 Portuguese Grand Prix in the Renault turbo-powered 97T. One of the revolutionary 49s was also on display. This car introduced the Cosworth DFV power plant and the concept of … Continue reading Lotus Formula 1 cars in pictures (Autosport International 2009)
Lotus has produced a special version of its Elise dedicated to Jim Clark. Clark, widely regarded as one of the greatest Formula, won two championships for Lotus in 1963 and 1965. The Clark Type 25 Elise SC comes in the distinctive British Racing Green and yellow livery of the Type 25 Lotus Clark won his … Continue reading Lotus commemorates Jim Clark with car
It’s the Monaco Grand Prix next and to get in the mood here’s some fantastic pictures of great Formula 1 cars from the 1960, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s in action in the 2008 Monaco Historic Grand Prix last weekend. Joris Meuffels kindly let me use a selection of these pictures he took including loads of … Continue reading Pictures: 2008 Monaco Historic GP
In the same way that accidents will always attract onlookers, so there is a degree of vicarious pleasure in observing an F1 team in its dying throes. What ridiculous sponsorship deals will they sign? Which drivers, thought retired, will pop-up for a cameo? At what point will they draw the line and shut the doors … Continue reading Lapped legends: Philippe Adams