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 6.4.2010 at 15:24
 Driver Rumour Round-Up - 2011 Season
 
All the rumours of who'll be where in 2011...

Confirmed positions:

No. Team Engine Driver 1 Driver 2 Reserve Driver 
1-2 Red Bull Racing Renault Sebastian Vettel Mark Webber  
3-4 Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Mercedes Lewis Hamilton Jenson Button  
5-6 Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari Fernando Alonso Felipe Massa Jules Bianchi 
7-8 Mercedes GP Petronas Mercedes Michael Schumacher Nico Rosberg  
9-10 Lotus Renault GP Renault Robert Kubica Vitaly Petrov  
11-12 AT&T Williams Cosworth Rubens Barrichello Pastor Maldonado Valtteri Bottas 
14-15 Force India F1 Team Mercedes    
16-17 Sauber F1 Team Ferrari Kamui Kobayashi Sergio Perez Esteban Gutiérrez 
18-19 Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari   Daniel Ricciardo 
20-21 Team Lotus Renault Jarno Trulli Heikki Kovalainen  
22-23 HRT F1 Team Cosworth    
24-25 Marussia Virgin Racing Cosworth Timo Glock Jerome D'Ambrosio  


  
 
      


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 1.12.2010 at 07:20
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...and Tony Fernandes' outfit will be Team Lotus - battle won?

I suspect the battle is far from won.
I think Fernandes has just responded to the messages of support from fans and decided to fight Lotus Group.
Still, at least Renault will be Renault - one hurdle out of the way.


Are these names fixed in stone though? I know the fIA steadfastly refused to change BMW Sauber to Sauber last year but what if Group Lotus get the team name, surely then the FIA can't enforce Fernandes outfit being called Team Lotus?

Joe Saward had an interesting post yesterday on why he thinks that Renault will be Lotus next year, all based around a "thank you Lotus fans" livery at the new driver test .


  
 
    
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 1.12.2010 at 09:30
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Are these names fixed in stone though? I know the fIA steadfastly refused to change BMW Sauber to Sauber last year but what if Group Lotus get the team name, surely then the FIA can't enforce Fernandes outfit being called Team Lotus?

Fairly fixed although you can have a name change with all the teams' agreement BUT the FIA would have to bow to any external legal decision.

The FIA did not steadfastly refuse to change Sauber's name - it was Sauber's decision not to apply for a name change. As they could only realistically change it once, they could have been holding out for a title sponsor. However, I think it was actually part of the "on-the-cheap" deal that BMW struck with Peter Sauber. An extra year of advertising for the company?

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Joe Saward had an interesting post yesterday on why he thinks that Renault will be Lotus next year, all based around a "thank you Lotus fans" livery at the new driver test .


"...but if the team was staying as Lotus no-one would bothered saying “Thank You Lotus Fans”."
WTF?!? Why the heck not???
It's called being in touch with the fans! Other teams have done it and it is common in football to do this at the end of the season - it's worth remembering that Fernandes is a West Ham fan.
It may have been because of a name change or it could simply be because of the legal arguments and the support the fans have shown by indicating disgust at Group Lotus' moves or it could be a political message making a claim on the Lotus fans or as I've already said it could just be an example of the team being in touch with the fans. What it isn't is evidence of any of them.

The problem for JS is that a few hours later, the FIA released their list which kind of trampled all over his theory - as he admits in the comments.

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 1.12.2010 at 14:53
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http://www.attwilliams.com/news/view/1668

Pastor Maldonado confirmed at Williams.

I call him Pasta Bake Maldonado.

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 1.12.2010 at 17:09
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He's probably got a nickname like the vicar!


  
 
    
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 1.12.2010 at 20:17
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Maverick said:
Why the heck not???
It's called being in touch with the fans!

I think Lotus have been excellent in how they treat their fans this season and maybe this is just another step in maintaining their fan base, regardless of what they are called next year.

From free factory tours to Mike Gascoyne's tweets and pitwall comments on the BBC, Lotus have been really approachable and I admire them for it.

Williams had 'thankyou' messages on their cars in pre-season testing a few years ago when they hit 500 races, 30 years, that kind of thing. Maybe Lotus are doing something similar, after a succesful debut season (relative to the other new teams, and when you consider where they started from i.e. 3 months late).

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 3.12.2010 at 10:55
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Glock is all but confirmed as staying at Virgin
http://www.gpupdate.net/en/f1-news/2488 ... ia-virgin/

I suppose the only surprise is that he's not somewhere better.

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 3.12.2010 at 12:11
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Curious, Button to be number 3 and Hamilton number 4 it seems

Up one place this week to number 3 is Lewis Hamilton which means last week's number 4, Jenson Button slips down to number 4.

Yes, the FIA have updated the list to add Pasta Maldonado but at the same time, the two British drivers have swapped numbers.

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 9.12.2010 at 16:04
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Hulkenberg eyeing a seat at Force India... who finished just 1 pt behind Williams in the 2010 Constructors title
http://bit.ly/dMhvax

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 9.12.2010 at 19:50
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Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro

Is that allowed?

Because advertising tobacco is forbidden if I remember correctly.
Or is that only for races in certain countries where it is not allowed? If that is the case, does it mean that they will have to change the name depending on where the race is taking place?

:think: :what: :crazy:


  
 
    
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 9.12.2010 at 20:14
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Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro

Is that allowed?

Because advertising tobacco is forbidden if I remember correctly.
Or is that only for races in certain countries where it is not allowed? If that is the case, does it mean that they will have to change the name depending on where the race is taking place?

:think: :what: :crazy:

It's long been an oddity, they don't have much longer left on their contract though. Wouldn't be surprised if that became Santander in 2012.

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 15.12.2010 at 11:26
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Liuzzi says his Force India seat is 'safe' for next year
http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/88694

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 21.12.2010 at 10:51
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Another seat confirmed. Out goes Lucas di Grassi and in comes Virgin's test driver Jerome D'Ambrosio


  
 
    
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 21.12.2010 at 10:55
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saltire said:
Another seat confirmed. Out goes Lucas di Grassi and in comes Virgin's test driver Jerome D'Ambrosio

Autosport's report : http://bit.ly/fEH4gw

10 points to Eddie if he calls him "Jeremy Custard" on TV

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 22.12.2010 at 11:59
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Petrov signs a 2 year contract with Renault. OFFICIAL.

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 22.12.2010 at 12:15
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linky

http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/88745

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 22.12.2010 at 14:07
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Petrov signs a 2 year contract with Renault. OFFICIAL.

Does anyone else think it's funny that he's reported as having signed a contract with RENAULT?

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