Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Interlagos, 2012

Lopez targets top three in championship for Lotus

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on Author Keith Collantine

Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Interlagos, 2012In the round-up: Gerard Lopez expects an even stronger showing from Lotus in 2013.

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Lotus boss sets bold targets for 2013 (James Allen on F1)

“Lotus F1 boss Gerard Lopez has set his team a bold objective for this season: finish in the top three of the constructors’ championship table this year and end the season on the same level as the best teams.”

Athletes pray for recovery of Venezuela’s Chavez amid growing concerns over leader’s health (The Vancouver Sun)

“Formula One driver Pastor Maldonado, IndyCar Series driver Ernesto Jose Viso and other pro-[Venezuelan president Hugo] Chavez athletes attended a mass at a church in downtown Caracas on Sunday to pray for the ailing president.”

Race calendar keeps F1 fans guessing (Reuters)

“Time is running out with local promoters usually seeking to maximise their chances of breaking even by putting tickets on sale for the race almost as soon as the previous one has finished.”

Analysis: Teams face dilemma over DRS (Autosport)

“Lotus and Mercedes both found that due to air pressure characteristics surrounding an F1 car, the speed at which the passive DRS switched off to re-engage the rear wing was not always the same as that where it switched on.”

The mystery behind the sacking of FIA doctor ?ǣ Gary Hartstein (Thejudge13)

“Clearly Gary has been hurt and most upset by this and in December he resorted to an extraordinary and extended expression of this hurt and anger on twitter. The twitter explosion included the following, ‘I might launch a crusade to get some answers, or get my f***ing job back, or let the world know what?s really going on the medical side of the FIA’.”

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@John-H reflects on yesterday’s F1 videos from 1991:

Watching that Montreal pre-qualify video from about four minutes in reminds you that F1 doesn?t have to be overtakes every few minutes and a spiced up show to interest some of us at least. It?s something deeper than that ?ǣ a feeling of being in awe of the machines and the drivers that have to handle them.

I don?t want to get too nostalgic about things (and go on about the past) because I love modern F1 too, but in a digital world where everything seems to be measured quantitatively (we want two pit stops per race, we want 100 overtakes etc…), it’s nice to be reminded of the beautiful things that makes motorsport and F1 what it was, is and should continue to be.
@John-H

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On this day in F1

Ahead of the first ever running of the world championship several top drivers participated in the non-championship Buenos Aires Grand Prix held at the Palermo circuit on this day in 1950.

Luigi Villoresi won for Ferrari after early leader Juan Manuel Fangio lost time with a pit stop.

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