Lotus team boss Eric Boullier expressed his dissatisfaction with Pirelli's decision to supply the tires with modified tires from the Canadian Grand Prix, with which the Italian tiremaker responded to many criticisms at the expense of soft tires. With the changes to the tires, Pirelli wants to reduce the number of stops in the pits, which, according to Boullier, is unfair, as all 12 teams found themselves in exactly the same situation. “There aren’t very many sports in the world where fundamental changes take place in such a crucial area during the season,” he said. "Just imagine reducing the size of a football field by half, just because one football team can't run as fast as another! That changes will make us a little angry, but I hope the changes won't be too extreme.
James Allison has resigned as technical director of the Lotus team, the team said. His place will be taken by Nick Chester, who has been an active member of the team since 2000. Where Allison is going is not yet known, although speculation about the Mercedes and Ferrari team is also unclear as to why his surprising departure came about. Lotus boss Eric Boullier thanked Allison for his cooperation and wished him all the best. "We would like to thank James Allison for his efforts in all three periods at Enston and wish him all the best in the future."
Lotus owner Gerard Lopez is confident that Kimi Raikkonen will remain on his team if it continues to offer him a competitive car. Finch’s contract with Lotus expires at the end of this season, so many other teams, including Red Bull, are interested in his services. “Kimi is a fantastic man,” Lopez said. "He is very grateful that we helped him get to where he is. And we are very grateful that he brought our team to the current position. We got along great. I'm sure Kimi will stay with us if we continue to offer what he wants, both in terms of a competitive car and other things. moder, r
Kimi Raikkonen said before the race for the Spanish Grand Prix that Lotus will have to work hard if they want to take part in the fight for the title of world champion this season. The Finn said it will be difficult to follow Red Bull in the development battle. The 2007 world champion, who is second in the overall standings with ten points behind Sebastian Vettl, added that it will be crucial to constantly update the E21 race car after the first major upgrade is used in Spain. "Of course, the start is good and we are in a better position compared to last year, but the season is still long and it is too early to assess whether we can fight for the title until the end," said Raikkonen, who was among the points winners. in the last 22 races. “It will be hard to catch Sebastian if he will
At Lotus, after the race in Bahrain, they are now aware that it is crucial to understand medium-hard tires as soon as possible if they want to help Kimi Raikkonen reach the starting places, from which he will be able to reach victories more easily. The Finn is only ten points behind the leader in the championship after four races, Sebastian Vettl, but it seems that Lotus' E21 race car has some problems in races where Pirelli offers racers harder tires. Lotus team boss Eric Boullier believes the situation with tires is slightly different than it was last year, as qualification problems are related to one type of tire. “It’s more of a balance issue when we put on medium hard tires,” Boullier told Autosport. "In China, our racers had problems because the car was difficult to drive. We need to focus more on
Kimi Raikkonen doubts he could win the race in Bahrain today, even if he started it from a better starting position. “Overall, we weren’t fast enough to compete with Red Bull this weekend,” Raikkonen said. "We could have finished a little higher yesterday, but we couldn't compete with Red Bull. Today's achievement is very good. We got a lot of points and we didn't lose much against Seb." The Finn revealed that Lotus already knew on Friday that the two-stop tactic was the best option. "Yesterday's achievement was not exactly ideal, but we planned two stops in the race on Friday. The tactics worked out well today. We gained a lot of places. The start of the race was not the best, nor the first and second laps. But behind that is the car getting better and better and I was able to start driving
Lotus says they will test the latest version of the dual DRS system immediately after the Bahrain Grand Prix race this weekend and before the next race for the Spanish Grand Prix. Lotus technical director James Allison said the passive device, which improves the performance of the adjustable rear wing at certain speeds, will be tested during an aerodynamic test. “We have some work to do on it,” Allison said. "I will test DDRS between Bahrain and the start of the European part of the season, when we will have the opportunity to do some so-called in-plane tests." Only five days will pass between the end of the race for the Chinese Grand Prix and the first free practice before the race in Bahrain, so the teams have little time to deliver new parts of the cars. But they will still be at
The Red Bull team finished in 2.05 seconds during the race for the Malaysian Grand Prix, which is a new record, and the other teams want to follow them and thus try to find the decisive fraction of a second. Lotus will use a brand new rear-end jack in Shanghai. "In Enston, we did stop training with the team. Behind us is a productive day, which we started with a meeting where we analyzed where we need to improve. Then followed a series of about forty test stops with a moving show car," he said. explained Lotus' Paul Seaby. "We tested a new car for the rear of the car, which proved to be a great success. The car lifts much faster than the old one. We are looking for tenths of a second, so we benefit from every such little thing. With the best post
Finn Kimi Raikkonen hopes that his Lotus team will have a better chance of a good result at the upcoming Chinese Grand Prix with new parts of the car. This year’s E21 race car will undergo changes to the front and rear wings in Shanghai, and the sides will also change. After winning the inaugural race of the season in Australia, Raikkonen finished the race in seventh place in mixed weather conditions in Malaysia, but Raikkonen is convinced that he will have a better result in China if it doesn't rain in the race. “We didn’t score points there last year, so we can only be better this year,” Raikkonen said. "I finished the race in Shanghai in first, second and third place in previous seasons, so it would be nice if I could add to that list. I don't see a reason why we wouldn't do well there.
The Lotus team will take advantage of the three-week break before the Chinese Grand Prix for intensive boxing training. Team racing chief Paul Seaby admitted that his mechanics had plenty of trouble making stops during the Malaysian Grand Prix. "We got a bit lost during the Malaysian weekend. Friday's test stops were as good as ever, but from Saturday onwards we had trouble stopping at the optimal time. That the conditions on the track went from wet to dry and it was at It didn't help us to adjust the front wings, but it wasn't the best weekend from the point of view of the stops. We have to accept that and train our work well in Enston. We have to work hard to be where we deserve to be. football