Kimi Raikkonen’s remarkable
consistency and his Lotus
team’s versatile chassis has
kept the squad in the F1 title
race, but does the privately
owned team have the financial
muscle to keep up with the big
players? Team chairman Gerard
Lopez (INSET) rejected media reports
that his team is in financial trouble. “We
are actually bringing a number of new
developments,” he insisted.
Team director Eric Boullier
acknowledged that the current structure
of F1 stacks the deck.
“Some teams – like Red Bull,
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Ferrari and Mercedes – can still
afford the old way and can
spend a lot on the car; we
can’t,” Boullier said. “To stay
competitive, we need to keep a
minimum budget with our
resources, but this limit is above the
revenue stream, so we need our
shareholders to bridge the gap.”
Whether that gap will be too big to
keep the team’s key asset – Raikkonen –
beyond this season remains to be seen.
Lotus is ahead of the curve, but can it cash in?
Indy car ace, RACER columnist and racing
relevancy advocate Gil de Ferran is the ideal
candidate to explain the Formula E electric
racecar series to fans. And he’s been elected
to do just that as the series’ ambassador.
If anyone has overdelivered in
2013 F1 it is Lotus, but how
long can it keep it up?
his first ever non-McLaren grand prix win,
a decisive victory in Hungary. That left him
fourth in the standings with more than
three times the points accrued by former
McLaren teammate Jenson Button.
The Ferrari team says that persistent
issues with its wind tunnel are behind the
slump that has left Fernando Alonso’s
expected annual run for the World
Championship in doubt.
Meanwhile, the Williams team responded
to its terrible first half of the 2013 season
by re-organizing its tech lineup, which
involved replacing Mike Coughlan with
Pat Symonds as technical director.
Button is enduring his worst year
since joining McLaren, as former
teammate Hamilton (BELOW) is
seeing his move to Mercedes pay off.
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Red Bull’s Spielberg circuit wants to host an Austrian GP again for 2014, and the
energy drink giant has offered to quaff down all the necessary upgrade costs to
make it happen. Its projected July date has several suitors, however...
and Lotus have
the most, Toro
Rosso has also
improved its form.
and Sauber, on the
other hand, are
more to 2014.
Alonso was asked
what he’d like for his
the Hungarian GP, he
else’s car.” This not
only earned him a
public rebuke from
Luca di Montezemolo,
it also enticed the
Red Bull team to
declare its interest in
signing the two-time
champ for 2014. Just
stirring the pot? We