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[27 Sep 2010 | 4 Comments | 4,485 views]

It’s long been joked that Lotus was an acronym for ‘Lots of Trouble, Usually Serious’ but who would have thought a name could cause so much trouble? At stake, the Team Lotus brand and an argument was clearly on the horizon when both Group Lotus plc and Team Lotus Ventures Limited registered trademark claims on the marque. The former is the car manufacturer created by Colin Chapman and currently in the ownership of the Malaysian car company Proton while the latter subsequently sold the naming rights to Tony Fernandes who …

Statistics »

[19 Jun 2010 | 11 Comments | 916 views]
Don’t Demote the Newbies!

Luca di Montezemola was in the news again this week reiterating his opinion that the new teams are too slow and shouldn’t be in Formula One. Indeed the Ferrari President went so far as to say that the teams which had joined F1 this season shouldn’t be in F1 but rather “In modern F1 races cars with GP2 levels of performance shouldn’t participate”. Strong words from di Montezemola, and not for the first time; he’s said before that the top teams should each be fielding three cars instead of having …

Bahrain, Qualifying »

[3 Apr 2010 | 3 Comments | 649 views]

It’s amazing how a bit of rain can spice up the action. Mark Webber’s inspired decision to change from full-wet to intermediate tyres for the final session of qualifying saw the Australian storm to the second pole position of his career, an outstanding 1.346 seconds ahead of Nico Rosberg who will share the first row of the grid alongside him.

Qualifying in the rain produced an exciting session that had as much (if not more) action than a typical race. We had thrills and spills, pirouettes and reactions that ranged from …

Malaysian GP, Race Preview »

[1 Apr 2010 | 4 Comments | 608 views]

The old adage says that “to finish first, first you have to finish”. However, that wasn’t quite true for last year’s Malaysian Grand Prix when the race was stopped just beyond the half way stage as torrential rain swept across the circuit. Jenson Button took the victory with just half points awarded as the race failed to go the minimum 75% distance required of a full race. And with heavy rain showers again forecast for the weekend, there may be one or two who hope it won’t go the distance …

The Weekend »

[21 Mar 2010 | 3 Comments | 690 views]

Something for the weekend was originally intended as a collection of links to read and while away the time during the off-season when there was less F1 news about, but I’ve quite enjoyed my root around the web looking for interesting stuff so I’ve decided to carry on reviewing great writing on non-race weekends.

Of course there was plenty to discuss after last weekends’ Bahrain Grand Prix but there was also some great original writing too. I’m starting the review this week with a very nice idea from RG at …

FIA, New Team »

[17 Mar 2010 | 3 Comments | 739 views]

I am really surprised about which direction the support for the 107% qualifying rule is coming from. Ferrari yes, we’re quite clear on the fact that they’re not exactly best friends with the riff raff down at the other end of the pitlane. Similarly, I can easily understand why other front running teams might not like having to repeatedly lap slow backmarkers. Fans will have their opinion one way or another, personally I’m against the idea but what is really surprising is that the FIA is so keen on the …