Lotus have completed their first full day?óÔé¼Ôäós testing, after power steering issues blighted the T128 since its maiden run on Tuesday.
Heikki Kovalainen is very positive, saying, ?óÔé¼?ôValencia was an excellent test for me. Even though we had some issues with the power steering on the first couple of days you have to remember we weren?óÔé¼Ôäót even at the first two tests last year.
?óÔé¼?ôOne of the most tangible improvements from last year is the lower centre of gravity we have this year. It?óÔé¼Ôäós a smaller chassis and…I can turn in without having to constantly correct oversteer or understeer and as the whole rear end has been designed with the Renault engine and Red Bull gearbox in mind, it is aerodynamically much more efficient.?óÔé¼?Ø
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?óÔé¼?ôJarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen finally completed a day’s running in the new Lotus T128 at Valencia, after the team stayed on at the Spanish venue for an extra day’s testing having cured the power steering issues that blighted it earlier in the week.?óÔé¼?Ø
?óÔé¼?ôThe well publicised falling out and ongoing legal dispute over who can use the Lotus name in Formula One is set to be resolved in the High Court towards the end of March.
?óÔé¼?ôLopez had claimed Fernandes should admit the whole scenario was about money ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ however, Fernandes said yesterday: ?óÔé¼?£I considered doing a deal, but the one they (Hethel-based Group Lotus) offered me would have bankrupted us. I decided my (?é?ú80m) investment and 250 jobs were in jeopardy, so we bought the (Team Lotus) name?óÔé¼?ªI would much rather we remained as Lotus Racing, but?óÔé¼?ªmy licence was terminated.?óÔé¼Ôäó?óÔé¼?Ø
?óÔé¼?ôSo-called ‘team orders’ are unlikely to tarnish this season’s Formula One title battle despite being made legal by the sport’s governing body, according to McLaren’s Jenson Button.?óÔé¼?Ø
?óÔé¼?ôThe Williams Formula One team have confirmed they will go public to secure their long-term future as an independent concern. The British team said in a statement today that they expect their shares to start trading on the Frankfurt stock exchange on 2 March.?óÔé¼?Ø
?óÔé¼?ôTeam co-owners Kevin Kalkhoven and Jimmy Vasser announced that Takuma Sato and E.J. Viso will contest the 2011 IZOD IndyCar Series season for KV Racing Technology-Lotus. ?óÔé¼?ô
?óÔé¼?ôThe Australian Grand Prix will stick to its 5pm start time this season, despite the FIA having considered last year that it would bring the race forward because conditions were too dark for the 2010 race.?óÔé¼?Ø
?óÔé¼?ôFormer McLaren driver David Coulthard says people must not expect too much of fellow Scot Paul di Resta in his debut season on the Formula 1 circuit.?óÔé¼?Ø
?óÔé¼?ôFirst week of testing done, think I pressed all the right buttons!?óÔé¼?Ø
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Comment of the day
McLaren launched their 2011 F1 car in Berlin today. It?óÔé¼Ôäós been the subject of much debate but nemo has kindly mocked up some comparisons:
Here you go guys.. Last year?óÔé¼Ôäós launch car compared to this. I?óÔé¼Ôäóve tried to scale it as best I can. Does this year?óÔé¼Ôäós wheelbase looks much longer..?
Here?óÔé¼Ôäós a quick pic of the McLaren compared to the Ferrari. Again I?óÔé¼Ôäóve tried to scale it as best I can (according to rim size): http://i919.photobucket.com/albums/ad33/NEM087/F1%202011/mp4-26f150compare.png
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