New headsets Williams technical
director Sam Michael will join McLaren
as sporting director, working alongside
Martin Whitmarsh. The move quieted
speculation of a return by Ron Dennis.
He has a long way to go to match his
famous uncle’s legendary achievements in
another black and gold Lotus, but Bruno
Senna quickly earned his team’s respect.
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RENAULT LOTUS MOVES FORWARD
A new driver, promising news about its disabled ace, and prospects for a settlement
of its dispute with Team Lotus have the squad looking ahead with confidence
In the midst of perhaps its most challenging Formula 1
season under any of its various names and stewards,
Heidfeld – a last-minute replacement this season when star
driver Robert Kubica was critically injured in a preseason
rallying accident – didn’t take his abrupt dismissal before the
Belgian GP lightly, going to court to claim he had a binding
contract. The judge disagreed, however, and the German’s
action coupled with a disappointing campaign in which he was
regularly outpaced by junior teammate Vitaly Petrov, put his F1
career on ice, perhaps for good.
Senna, meanwhile, easily out-qualified Petrov at Spa, but
squandered that promise with an admitted rookie error at the
first corner on race day. The nephew of three-time World
Champion Ayrton rebounded next time out in Italy to earn his
first F1 points. Team boss Eric Boullier was moderately
impressed but indicated he expected more good things to follow
from both his new driver and his team.
“His consistency was good enough – not perfect, but good
enough,” said Boullier. “Clearly, he pushed at the right time.
The strategy was not bad and we had some help with some
retirements. But, it is good for his confidence, for the team and
Although the matter would still need to
go through o;cial channels for the team
and chassis names to be changed, the
bosses of both teams have suggested the
situation is moving forward to ensure
there will be only one Lotus team in 2012.
Earlier this summer, Fernandes added
Britain’s Caterham Cars to his wide-ranging holdings, and speculation has
increased that he could name his team
after that small-volume British car
maker. Fernandes, who had vociferously
defended his right and commitment to
the Lotus name, hinted at Monza that it
was actually a drag on his team’s
it also shows that the latest upgrades we
had on the car are definitely working.”
Boullier said that the team will wait
until October to make a determination
on whether Kubica will be ready to return
next season. After undergoing a final
surgery on his injured hand, the Pole
was expected to be back in an F1
simulator by that time.
On the commercial front, it seems
that peace may finally be at hand in the
long-running skirmish over the rights to
the Lotus name between Lotus Renault
and Tony Fernandes’ Team Lotus.
I always had a problem
with, ‘Am I really Team
Lotus?’ That era was theirs.
“I always had a problem with, ‘Am I
really Team Lotus?’ I always said that era
was theirs; we were just bringing it back
under new ownership, he declared. “But,
there was a business behind it as well.
You can’t have a name and not monetize
it. E;ectively, we are marketing
someone else. I don’t think this is
healthy for anyone – Lotus Renault, Team