Boullier: Lotus moulded to match Raikkonen’s style

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In the round-up: Lotus team principal Eric Boullier says Lotus has had to change to get the best out of Kimi Raikkonen.

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Interview with Lotus’s Eric Boullier (F1)

“Little by little over the course of the year he adjusted all the parameters to make himself fast, strong and in a position to deliver – the Kimi we like! He might have his moments sometimes, but it is up to us to adjust what we want to achieve to his style rather than the reverse. I probably prefer to switch the team to the style of Kimi.”

Ecclestone to meet F1 teams today (Autosport)

“It is understood that among the items being discussed are the situation regarding the Concorde Agreement, future engine regulations, the non-payment by some teams of entry fees, and customer cars.”

Maldonado puts honeymoon on hold (Reuters)

“I made some mistakes last year but at the same time I was being killed by the stewards. It was a combination, 50-50, not all down to me and everybody knows that.”

Local talent to ignite F1 success in Korea (The Korea Times)

Tony Fernandes: “It?s a shame that [the Korean Grand Prix is] far away from big cities. If this event was in Seoul or near Seoul, I think the financial (situation) would be different. I think it is harder to make money because of where it is.”

F1???s January jolt (MotorSport)

“Why not spread the races out from January to (if you must) December and dab the season with official tests at strategically propitious points? Teams, particularly those with a smaller workforce, would thus be provided extended opportunities to review and hopefully amend their performance shortcomings during the year, and the races, as long as 20 remained a maximum, would feel even more special because they wouldn?t have to be churned out once a fortnight.”


Comment of the day

Max Jacobson (@Vettel1) on potential alternative testing venues to Jerez:

I thought possibly Aragon (although that is relatively far north) or the Algarve circuit: both of which meet the FIA standards and both of which I?m sure have a better track surface as they are newer. They also aren?t ridiculous distances away from the team?s hubs so it would make sense to test there.
Max Jacobson (@Vettel1)

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On this day in F1

Cliff Allison was born on this day in 1932. Allison was one of Lotus’s two drivers for their first F1 start at Monaco in 1958.

He drove for Ferrari the following year. He started 1960 with a strong second place in Argentina but was badly injured in Monaco in a crash which left him unconscious for two weeks.

He made a partial return in 1961 with BRP, but after another serious crash he called time on his racing career. Allison died in 2005.