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Old 12-29-2013, 09:19 AM   #126
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Not serious per BBC. He was conscious and alert
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and it has really nothing to do with F1 2014
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and it has really nothing to do with F1 2014
wow, pulling the OT card? you sir are classy...
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Old 12-29-2013, 10:22 AM   #129
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wow, pulling the OT card? you sir are classy...
well, it is still 2013, and Schumacher isn´t involved in the F1 business anymore.

and btw, you´re dumb.
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well, it is still 2013, and Schumacher isn´t involved in the F1 business anymore.

and btw, you´re dumb.
Wtf is your issue? Wake up on the wrong side of your twin size bed? Scrape your knee on the playground? Grow up
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not good at all.

more medical opinion here.

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Lotus has announced that it won't run it's 2014 car - the E22 - at the first pre-season test at Jerez.

The first test takes place in three weeks' time, with engine manufacturers keen to run in January in order to get an early indication of how the new power units are performing. However, technical director Nick Chester says Lotus will be taking more time to develop its new car and only plans on running it at the two Bahrain tests in February.

"We're going to keep our car under wraps a little longer than some other teams," Chester said. "We've decided that attending the Jerez test isn't ideal for our build and development programme. We are likely to unveil the car before attending the Bahrain tests, and in Bahrain we should really be able to put the car through its paces in representative conditions."

However, Chester insisted the car was nearly homologated.

"We've made very good progress with the various homologation tests which took place before Christmas including chassis squeeze and side impact loading tests as well as the rear crash structure, meaning we just have the nose test to complete the car's homologation. We've undertaken chassis fits for Romain and Pastor. Certainly, our partners who have seen the car have reported themselves to be very impressed with the layout and various solutions to the new technical challenges."
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Old 01-07-2014, 12:21 AM   #137
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End of the road for Lotus F1?

The ongoing 'situation' at Lotus appears to be a very real and deepening crisis, with the team announcing today that they would not be attending the first pre-season test of the 2014 season.

There has been signs for some time that things haven't been quite right at Lotus F1. Ironically, the turning point in the fortunes of the perennial overachieving team, appears to have been the Abu Dhabi GP in 2012, the race Kimi Raikkonen won for the team in that season. That was the moment at which the iron was hot, the team and driver were beginning to gel, and sponsors should have been lining up to get behind the accelerating juggernaut that was the Lotus/Kimi combo.

Unfortunately, modern F1 is not like that. A clean post-tobacco Formula One means teams scrabble to find big sponsors nowadays, and with the costs of F1 still remaining scandalously high, without that financial clout...a steady decline awaits. The supposed big sponsorship deal with Honeywell (rumoured to have been a title sponsorship) that was supposed to materialise over the winter of 2012/2013 failed to do so, and much like the infamous Jordan/Vodafone deal of a decade ago...it appears to have doomed the team. Since that Grand Prix a scant 14 months ago, Lotus have lost the driver who won the race, the designer who designed such a tyre-friendly and versatile chassis, and the man who made that chassis as streamlined and pliable as possible. As of this moment, there's even a possibility that they may have lost their engine supplier, as Renault are still owed money for the 2013 campaign, with Lotus failing to announce who is powering their 2014 challenger.

A never ending and farcical deal with the Infinity Racing/Quantum group appears to have made a mockery of Lotus, with the supposed title sponsors gaining exposure and association with the team, despite never handing over a penny to Gerard Lopez or the Genii group who own Lotus. The rumours of imminent payment to Enstone were addressed by Eric Boullier at the final race in Brazil, with funds expected 'within a week'. These funds never came. Monsoor Ijaz, CEO of Quantum, said that the money (around 120 million euro) had been transferred, but had failed to reach Genii: 'The fact is that Luxembourg isn’t considered as irreproachable by the US banking system' he said. 'That explains why we have had to review the operation and structure the financing differently. The money has been sent back to us and we have to make the payments using a different mechanism. That is not the work of a moment. We never wanted to communicate the deal in June (when Genii and Lotus announced it), it’s Gerard Lopez (Genii boss) who took that initiative. But our investment is real and you (media) will all look bad with all your insinuations, when the deal is concluded with Lotus.'

So what of the replacements at Lotus? Kimi Raikkonen has been replaced by Pastor Maldonado, an unpopular driver for his on track aggression, and his lack of off track humility. Is he the right man to replace Kimi? Almost certainly not, although Pastor has shown basic speed in the past, although an inability to reign his stupidity in. Pastor, however, is the right man to make up some much needed funding as his PDVSA backing and personal sponsors are believed to be worth 40 million dollars. If Lotus can maintain any semblance of performance in the new era of F1, and Pastor can keep his nose clean, then this 40 million might prove beneficial to Enstone. Unfortunately, any semblance of performance isn't likely, as the team appeared to be on the back foot as early as December, with Romain Grosjean saying that the team were only completing simulator work then, something other teams would have finished significantly earlier.

James Allison leaving Lotus for Ferrari may have been one of the moves that tempted Raikkonen back to the Scuderia, but what of his replacement as Technical Director at Lotus, Nick Chester? While unfair on him to assume that he is not a talented and capable designer, his track record is not one as experienced and successful as that of Allison's, with Chester's CV consisting of 12 years at Enstone, and Arrows F1 before that. A promotion from within the team is good for employees, but is it good for the team's performance, and would they have appointed the role to Chester if budgetary matters were not a concern? It's certainly a different approach to Mercedes' endless head hunting of technical staff.

Formula 1 is set to undergo one it's largest rules changes in a long time, with the full roundup of changes explained here. Such a huge and varied range of new rules will mean that teams need every single moment of track time that's available, with Lotus being one of the teams most vocal about the need for more track time during the 2013 season. Despite this, the team announced today that they will not be attending the first pre-season test at Jerez in three weeks time. Nick Chester has stated that: 'We’re going to keep our car under wraps a little longer than some other teams. We’ve decided that attending the Jerez test isn’t ideal for our build and development programme. We are likely to unveil the car before attending the Bahrain tests, and in Bahrain we should really be able to put the car through its paces in representative conditions.'

So what is the reasoning for this? The new chassis is believed to have passed its crash tests, and is ready to be tested, but there is something holding the team back. Maybe the lack of powerplant is the reason, due to the fact that Lotus are the only team with no engine deal for 2014, or it is the team simply trying to buy time to find funds...whether it be through a new sponsor, waiting on Maldonado money to flow, or possibly still hoping against hope that the Quantum deal isn't pie in the sky.

Tonight, it was announced that Lotus CEO Patrick Louis was to step down as CEO to work on the board at Genii, with Matthew Carter stepping into the breach. Matthew works with Andrew Ruhan, a minority shareholder of the Lotus team. The winter of 2013/2014 has been cruel to the Enstone squad, and it appears the testing period is to compound their woes, if they even make it to a test. Supposedly, Kimi Raikkonen tried to settle with Lotus for 5 million dollars, estimated to be a quarter of the money has earned over the past season at the team. This 5 million remains unpaid. The similarities between this rapid decline in fortune is very similar to that of Jordan, ten years ago. In 2003, Eddie Jordan was convinced that Vodafone were his new title sponsors, a deal worth 150 million euro. However, no papers were signed, Vodafone went to Ferrari instead, and the resulting court case almost broke Jordan Grand Prix, something from which the team never recovered, with the squad sold to Midland F1 in 2005.

The Honeywell honey pot distracted Lotus at a time when sponsors should have been easiest to find, as they were at their zenith. By the time Lotus realised and looked elsewhere, the damage had been done. Lotus' only hope right now is to have built a superb chassis and seal a deal with a good engine supplier, of which it is very difficult to guess which supplier that may be. If Renault's engine isn't up to speed from the outset, or the Lotus chassis turns out to be a dog, we may be saying goodbye to the Lotus name yet again from Formula 1.
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Analysis: F1 test absence will hurt Lotus

With only 12 days of testing available before the 2014 Formula 1 season begins in Melbourne on March 16, Lotus's decision to miss the four-day Jerez test has far-reaching consequences.

As F1 teams work to a tight schedule with every element of the project determined far in advance, this appears to be a late decision and was presumably not part of the initial plan.

Why Lotus would choose to do this is baffling. This year, the technical regulations have changed fundamentally, there is a new turbo engine, energy recovery system, gearbox, braking system and aero to test, as well as the latest specification Pirelli tyres.

As most of these technologies are untested on track, losing a third of its pre-season running will be a serious setback in Lotus's preparations for Australia.

Whereas other teams will treat Jerez as a shakedown for the new cars, putting miles on the new systems and data gathering, Lotus has lost this opportunity.

One key advantage of the Jerez test is its convenient location in the same part of the world as F1 teams' European bases. Parts required can be flown same day or driven overnight to the circuit, which is not so easy in Bahrain.

ABSENT FROM TYRE TEST TOO

Additionally, Lotus did not attend the December Pirelli tyre test in Bahrain, so it has had only the brief wet session in Brazil to gather data on the new tyres to feed back into the design and simulation programmes.

If Lotus does not attend Jerez, even with an old car, this alone may be enough to cost the team vital pace at the start of the season.

Turning up late to pre-season testing is a ploy teams can use to gain some advantages over the opposition as it can allow more time to design and make parts of the new car. It can also allow innovative technology to be kept under wraps for a few vital extra weeks.

But this year it is hard to envisage how those bonuses could outweigh the cost of missing track time amid the massive rule changes.

Additionally the energy recovery strategies are unique to each team, not simply to the engine.

Lotus not being able to run its engine will be somewhat offset by the other Renault customers attending the Jerez test, but any Lotus-specific installation details, such as heat shielding, will not be replicated on the other cars, so it cannot learn everything from Red Bull, Toro Rosso and Caterham's experience.

So vital track time spent trying different scenarios with the petrol engine and energy recovery systems will have to be completed at the complex simulator Lotus has installed at Enstone. The new gearbox can also be rig tested.

EVERY LAP COUNTS

With just two sets of four days at each test, the team will have a lot of work to do in running the mandatory single car far away in Bahrain and needs every hour and every lap.

For example an engine failure, which is a likely problem given the all-new technology, can cost half a day of running. With just four days in-between the two Bahrain tests, any modifications required to the car will have to be done locally or via shipping the tub by air back to Enstone.

This year, it is surely better to gain track time, even if is with an early iteration of the car's design, learning the tyres and gaining mileage on the complex new powertrains.

This may suggest that Lotus has chosen to make this decision for something other than solid technical reasons, unless there has been a major delay in the car's design, build or crash testing.

Obviously, rumours will start to rumble about budgets and resources, but whatever the reason this is a blow for the team's preparations for the first race.
well, there is another theory floating around: Lotus is running out of money, they haven´t paid Renault for the 2013 engines, and Renault will not deliver 2014 engines until the debts are paid.

Lotus can´t use Maldonado money for debt paying, but Lotus can use the Maldonado money for paying Mercedes for 2014 engines. The deal isn´t finalized yet, and that´s the reason why Lotus can´t participate at the Jerez testing.

Another hint: Alex White, Mechanical Design Engineer, has left Mercedes AMG Petronas and joined Lotus.
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Mercedes to roll out at Jerez on January 28

Mercedes will unveil its 2014 car for the first time at the first test of the season at Jerez.

A tweet from the team to a fan said the car would be rolled out on January 28 - the morning of the first day of the test - and a team spokesman clarified to ESPN that there would not be a launch prior to that date.

Lotus has already announced that it will skip the first test of the season with its new car in order to have more development time with the E22.
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McLaren to launch MP4-29 on January 24

McLaren has announced that it will launch its 2014 car - the MP4-29 - on January 24.

The launch comes four days before the start of pre-season testing in Jerez, with McLaren revealing the car online via the team's website. The MP4-29 will be unveiled at midday, with the online launch a break from recent years when it has been displayed to the media at the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking.



The news follows confirmation from Mercedes that it won't be carrying out a separate launch prior to the first test but rolling the car out on the opening day.
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ya know that would probably win all the races. All it has to do is crash into the other f1 cars in a racing incident, thereby taking them out of the race and be the last one standing.
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New Caterham to launch at first test

Caterham will reveal its 2014 car for the first time on the opening day of pre-season testing in Jerez.

The first test takes place at Jerez from January 28-31 ahead of two tests in Bahrain in February. While Lotus has already announced that it will delay the launch of its new car until after the first test, Caterham will be presenting its 2014 car at the circuit as testing gets underway.

Caterham joins McLaren and Mercedes in confirming that it will run its new car at the first test of the year.
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I'm not too into posting rumors and such but the source is credible. Omnicorse.it reports the 2014 Renault Power Units may not be ready for the Jerez test on 28 Janurary. Christian Horner in the last meeting of F1 teams asked for a one week delay for the Jerez test, but other teams did not accept. According to OmniCorse.it the problem is with the BorgWarner turbo which is supplied by Pankl APC Turbosystems GMBH formerly known as KKK (Kühnle, Kopp & Kausch AG).

They say Renault has moved past initial problems with overheating with a brilliant modification to the crankshaft. OmniCorse also reports Mercedes & Ferrari would like/have asked for a two week gap between Jerez & Bahrain so they may analyze all the data from Jerez and make the necessary changes. Mercedes nor Ferrari have achieved a certain level of reliability but have assured team customers their engines will be ready for Jerez.

This is not a Red Bull issue, it's a Renault Power Unit issue.
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They fixed overheating by changing the crank?
Cars these days...
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ya know that would probably win all the races. All it has to do is crash into the other f1 cars in a racing incident, thereby taking them out of the race and be the last one standing.
That's Nelson Piquet Jr's ticket back into F1.
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They fixed overheating by changing the crank?
Cars these days...
Maybe changing the oil passages in some way?

Perhaps something more exotic? Thermal conductivity of the materials... change in aerodynamics to increase airflow in the crankcase...

It's F1.
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Maybe changing the oil passages in some way?
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It was brilliant, that's all you need to know
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