Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Interlagos, 2013

Genii sell stake in Lotus to new Russian sponsors

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Will Wood

Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Interlagos, 2013In the round-up: Genii Capital have sold a stake in Lotus to the team’s new Russian backers Yota Devices.

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Lotus Formula 1 team sells stake to new Russian backer (Autosport)

??Lotus Formula 1 team owner Genii Capital has agreed to sell a stake in the squad to new Russian backer Yota Devices Company, AUTOSPORT can reveal.??

Marussia test debut delayed by technical glitch (Formula1.com)

??The MR03’s testing debut is subject to a delay while we resolve a small but frustrating technical issue,?? confirmed Marussia, who hope to join the four-day Spanish test session later in the week.??

Pirelli to hold wet-weather day at Jerez (ESPN)

??The track will be artificially soaked on Friday in order for the wet tyres to be tested, while Pirelli is also bringing a special winter slick hard tyre to cope with the cooler temperatures expected this week.??

STR?s Key questions Lotus nose design (Adam Cooper)

James Key: “The Lotus nose needs clarification, but it?s a very clever idea. The question really is, is it within the spirit? We?ll see. It?s really down to the FIA and Lotus to discuss that obviously. If they run it, then it?s passed the impact test, and they?re happy.”

Five things to look forward to in pre-season testing (The Telegraph)

??Jenson Button said at the end of last season that the first test could see so many problems with unreliability, with entirely new V6 turbo power units, that the whole thing could end up being ??hilarious??.??

Anthony Davidson on why Jerez is the perfect place for a test (Sky F1)

Davidson: ??Every circuit is unique in its own way and I’m not really sure you could compare Jerez to any other on the current calendar. It’s an old-school track and very different to the modern-day Tilke circuits.??

McNish completes BBC team for 2014 (BBC)

McNish: ??Now that I have hung up my racing helmet, I am really looking forward to joining the BBC team again for what I am sure is going to be a fantastic new F1 season.??

In pictures: F1 drivers behind the camera (BBC)

??The stars of Formula 1 have taken photographs for a charity auction organised by Zoom on 7 February in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children?s Charity. Here is a selection of the photographs, beginning with a picture of the Caterham pit crew by Giedo van der Garde.??

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With the launch of Toro Rosso’s STR9 prompting yet more comments about how the 2014 grid will look, tmax believes that fans may not find the cars so ugly once they become used to them.

Not to sound too philosophical, the looks are purely subjective and a matter of getting use to.

Remember up until 2008, the rear wings were looking wider/shorter and the front wings were looking very complex. In 2009 when the regulations changed, the new cars emerged with substantial changes. Back then we all said how ugly it looks ( I too felt the same !!!). Now when I go back and take a look at the cars of 2008, I feel that the post 2008 cars are much better looking. Especially with cleaner front wings. The front wings of 2008 McLaren was so complex with so many criss-crossing parts .

I believe it is just a matter of getting used to the looks.
tmax

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