Kiril Varbanov wrote:https://twitter.com/IrvineF1/status/423451882468552705
Blackout wrote:Where did Lotus's depts come from ?
IMO, If you look at Lotus's 2012 and 2013 seasons , you should notice there is a big contrast between what Lotus did at the factory and what Lotus did on the track regarding developpment.
At Enstone, they must have spent a lot of money in order to renovate and upgrade the factory and prepare 2014.
- installed a test bench for the gearboxes
- updated and upgrded the supercomputer
- replaced most of their 3-axis machines with modern 5-axis machines
- installed a modern simulator
- renovated the composites department
- started the 2014 program very early
However, if we look closely at their development campaign in 2013, you'll find out that they have tried to be as economic as possible;
They kept the same chassis/monocoque design between 2012 and 2013 and they never did such thing befor AFAIR (Even between 2006 and 2007 were the regulations remained relatively unchainged, they produced a completely different monocoque) and only Williams and the two smallest teams did the same this year.
- They have clearly established a strict and limited development program. They didnt copy any other car AFAIR while all the other big/medium teams are copiying each other. There is plenty of fancy technical solutions that you can find on all the other cars but not on the E21...
- They did other savings regarding Raikkonen's salary and Grosejan's car :p
Their biggest 2013 developments; the DRD and the long wheelbase are long term investments. The DRD will remain legal in 2014 AFAIK and thanks to the long wheelbase, they killed three birds with one stone:
- they tested the simulator
- They prepared in 2014 as cars will probably have a longer wheelbase
- they have improved the E21
In an interview with F1Passion.it Valsecchi said he doesn't expect to stay at Lotus but revealed he has been contacted by (Patrick) Louis who wants to speak to him in person. Asked what he expects from the meeting, Valsecchi replied: "I really don't know.
"Maybe he wants to wish me a happy new year, or tell me that they hired Sorensen, or that he is resigning. I don't have expectations; we'll certainly have a good chat. If they were to offer me a job like that of last year, not to race, then I'd prefer to stay at home and help with my father's company, Ediltecnica. I'm not interested in Formula One just to comment about it on TV. I prefer to race."
As well as revealing that he hasn't yet been paid by Lotus and feels the team made a mistake choosing Kovalainen over him, Valsecchi said his main target for 2014 was now to secure a move to IndyCar.
"I have no news regarding my commitment to the sport at the moment. I'm not able to anticipate anything… For sure, if someone were to call me to race without asking me for money, I'd be ready to do it right away, but I'm not too worried about the situation. And I won't stop exerting myself to have a steering wheel in hand soon. In the meantime, I don't conceal my desire to get into IndyCar. There is someone who gave me a hand, although in the U.S. I'm not as famous as here in Europe, where my achievements in GP2 are well known."
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stefan_ wrote:This engine thing was an artifical "problem" that the media created. The deal with Renault wansn't supposed to be "confirmed" or "announced" as it was something that was natural to happen.
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