Lotus T128

Lotus set for first run in Valencia

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

F1 Fanatic is reporting throughout the day from Valencia once again.

Today the Lotus T128 is expected to go on its maiden run. Find out more about today’s test here:

Here’s today’s round-up:


Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

What’s going on at the Nurburgring? (Autocar)

“The Nurburgring has struggled commercially for some years and, despite the obvious interest generated by Germans Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg driving for the Mercedes team, one wonders if it will again have an F1 fixture after this year?s German GP.”

Mercedes in 3D (F1 Photos)

Pictures of the new Mercedes in 3D.

Renault confident in radical exhaust (Autosport)

“Although Renault is the only team that is running the exhaust configuration in Valencia, a number of other outfits are believed to already have the concept under development and are set to introduce it before the start of the season.”

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Comment of the day

DavidS wonders if Renault have out-smarted us:

It could be a trick they?ve played to disguise the real location of their exhausts.

I seem to remember Red Bull having stickers on their car last year to trick people into believing that they didn?t do anything tricky with their exhausts.

Testing sessions are a prime opportunity for other teams to spy, so there?s lots of games played to hide true innovations. Remember the cardboard covers for diffusers last year?

From the forum

In case you’ve not had enough of the argument yet, there’s a forum thread for Lotus Renault vs Team Lotus too.

Happy birthday!

Triple birthday wishes to Sriram, Invoke and Oliver Queisser!

On this day in F1

One year ago today Stefan GP ramped up speculation that they would pull an F1 entry together in time for the first race of 2010 by announcing plans to test their car, a TF110 chassis acquired from Toyota. You don’t need me to tell you it never happened.