Heikki Kovalainen, Lotus, Abu Dhabi, 2011

Lotus target Q2 with rear wing upgrade for Brazil

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

In the round-up: Lotus aim to qualify better in Brazil with a new rear wing.


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Lotus mount final big push to catch rivals (ITV-F1)

Chief technical officer Mike Gascoyne: “Our race pace has been good all season, but we have not been able to match that in qualifying, and the update to the rear wing is designed to help us do that by improving the efficiency of our DRS.”

Ex-Williams man Thynne passes away (Autosport)

“Sheridan Thynne, who played a key role in the rise of the Williams Formula 1 team, has died.”

Sheridan Thynne 1939 ?ǣ 2011 (Joe Saward)

“He first met Frank Williams in 1962, but it was not until 1979 that he was asked by Williams to use his business connections to raise sponsorship for the team. Thynne was the commercial boss of the team for the next 13 years, doing deals with companies such as British Leyland, ICI, Mobil, Canon and many others. He also did many of the negotiations with drivers.”

Honda to come back with McLaren? (GrandPrix)

“The respected German publication Auto Motor und Sport reports that Honda could be considering a technical collaboration with McLaren to start when F1 makes the move to small capacity turbocharged engines in 2014.”

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Comment of the day

Rob Wilson was one of several people surprised to learn of Pedro de la Rosa’s impending F1 comeback with HRT:

Well, I didn’t see this coming either. As others have mentioned it seems like an intelligent move for the team and all things considered probably the best move, but personally I would have rather seen a fresh name in the sport rather than a 40-year-old Pedro de la Rosa.

It?s not a prospect that excites me, but I?m sure he?ll do just fine.
Rob Wilson

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