Raikkonen to make Lotus debut today

F1 Fanatic round-up

In the round-up: Kimi Raikkonen is to drive an F1 car for the first time since 2009 in Valencia today.


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Lotus via Twitter

Lotus has arrived in Valencia! Less than 24hrs until Mr Raikkonen is back on track! Who’s excited to see the Iceman in action?”

Symonds: 2011 Virgin had potential (Autosport)

“The performance in the slow corners was much closer to the norm than it was in the fast corners. The car responded to changes pretty well, it used its tyres pretty well, it wasn’t a difficult car to drive, so I think our low-speed performance was reasonable. The high-speed performance wasn’t good – and then of course you look at aerodynamics.”

Bahrain regime braces for February 14 (Press TV)

“February 14, 2012 will mark the one year anniversary of the Bahrain revolution, which continues despite violent crackdowns by Saudi and Bahraini police forces.”

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Comment of the day

Reactive ride height control has gone the way of exhaust-blown diffusers and F-ducts. GeeMac questions whether there’s any room left for innovation in F1:

If the FIA want F1 to be a spec series, then just do it.

But if they want F1 to be the pinnacle of motorsport and the place where the best engineers showcase the best solutions within ever tightening technical regulations, then they had better stop banning concepts like this before they have even been raced.

The FIA’s view these days seems to be “If we don?t understand it, ban it.”

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On this day in F1

One of the most turbulent Formula 1 seasons of all time got off to a suitable dramatic start 30 years ago today. The drivers went on strike ahead of the first race of the 1982 season at Kyalami in South Africa. Here’s what happened:

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102 comments on Raikkonen to make Lotus debut today

  1. electrolite (@electrolite) said on 23rd January 2012, 9:34

    Has anyone seen Kimi’s helmet for this year? Lotus revealed it on Twitter earlier, I love it!


    It’s gonna stand out in the car for sure…

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 23rd January 2012, 9:46

      I don’t know … I like it that it’s not a “corporate” helmet in team colours, but at the same time, it’s got these big, empty white spaces on it. It will certainly be easy to tell Raikkonen and Grosjean apart, though – Grosjean’s design is blue, yellow and orange.

    • AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 23rd January 2012, 13:36

      @electrolite It compliments his ICE1 Racing livery with a bit of gold thrown in to suit the current Lotus livery.

      I quite like it.

      Looks like one you might pick on an arcade game in the 90’s.

  2. Girts (@girts) said on 23rd January 2012, 9:40

    It’s a pity that there is so little room for technical innovations in F1 these days. One of my friends recently said that he could not understand the point of F1 due to the many restrictions faced by engineers. But we all know the reasons why it is so. And, talking about the reactive ride height control, it probably wouldn’t make a big impression on anyone else except the hardcore F1 fans.

    I can see the reasons why the new system has been banned. It was invented just to improve aerodynamics and, unlike F-duct or blown diffuser, it is easy to copy. So basically it would make all cars a bit faster by improving the aerodynamics. But is that what we want? If we believe that too much aero is to blame for lack of ‘natural’ (ie. non-DRS) overtaking then more aero is the last thing F1 needs.

  3. Congrats on COTD @GeeMac and I couldn’t agree more.

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 23rd January 2012, 10:57

      You agree with it? Even with this?

      The FIA’s view these days seems to be “If we don’t understand it, ban it.”

      Details of how the system worked were psoted across the itnernet within hours of the story breaking – and Lotus would have had to have submitted plans for it when they asked the FIA to review its legality. There is absolutely no evidence that the FIA did not understand the reactive ride-height system, or that they banned it because they did not understand it. I think GeeMac is just looking for things to criticise them for.

  4. Derfel17 (@derfel17) said on 23rd January 2012, 10:30

    Great to see the first pictures of Kimi at the test! It’s a day of excitement and joy. I know there’s a lot of doubt over his abilities, motivation etc. I don’t care! I think he will prove all of those who doubt wrong. In any circumstances his return has created a whole lot of positive interest around Team Lotus. GO KIMI!

  5. HUHHII (@huhhii) said on 23rd January 2012, 12:30

    Soooo great to see Kimi back in Formula One car again!! :) But his new helmet design is just hideous – doesn’t fit with Lotus’ livery at all…

  6. glue (@glue) said on 23rd January 2012, 15:37

    Keith, is everybody posting the same comment over and over again?

  7. drmouse (@drmouse) said on 23rd January 2012, 17:40

    OK, many people are arguing about the RRH system, it’s legality and the FIA’s reactions to it.

    First off, if the device breaks the rules it should not be allowed. That’s a first, simple point. I will not argue whether it is but, ultimately, it is the FIA who decides, and they have decided it does.

    Secondly, the FIA’s initial acceptance of the device does make them look a little sloppy. Perception is almost everything in such a public arena, and it make’s them look like they didn’t do their job right in the first place. Whether this is the case or not it is how it is percieved by most.

    Thirdly is the “If we don’t understand it, ban it” perception. Once again, I do not think it is as important whether this is the case or not. What is important is that some people believe it. It is bad for the sport.

    Personally, as an engineer, I would love to see F1 as a more open series, with technical innovations occuring every race (which they actually do at the beginning of the season, but they are all so minor they can easily be missed). I also think it would be outrageous for F1 to become a spec series. But, in a way, the perceptions of the fans in incidents such as this can do more damage to the sport in the long run, and the FIA need to be more carefull when evaluating new designs in future.

    As one final note, I would like to say that IMHO the RRH system is not a movable aero part. It is not an aero part in itself, and it’s primary purpose is to keep an aero part in the same place (i.e. STOP it moving)

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