Andre Lotterer, Audi, World Endurance Championship, Silverstone, 2014

Lotterer tipped for surprise F1 debut at Spa

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Andre Lotterer, Audi, World Endurance Championship, Silverstone, 2014In the round-up: Audi’s three-times Le Mans 24 Hours winner Andre Lotterer could make a surprise F1 debut in this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix with Caterham.


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Lotterer linked to Caterham drive (Autosport)

“It is likely he would replace Kamui Kobayashi, who has been told that there are no guarantees he will retain his seat until the end of the campaign.”

Ecco come sarà il nuovo muso della Caterham! (Omnicorse, Italian)

Caterham are also reported to have a new nose design and revised diffuser for this weekend’s race.

Vijay Mallya may have to exit company boards if declared ‘wilful defaulter’ (The Times of India)

“A wilful defaulter tag may force UB Group boss Vijay Mallya to quit the boards of India’s largest alcoholic beverage companies, dealing a big blow to the tycoon whose jet-setting lifestyle once won him many young admirers.”


Comment of the day

Some were surprised to see Fernando Alonso name Jarno Trulli as his fastest team mate over a single lap, but not everyone:

Flavio Briatore seemed to turn on Trulli well before his performance dipped. It seemed to me at the time that Trulli’s performance was a result of Briatore’s bullying rather than the other way round.

It’s nice of Alonso to remember Trulli, a truly exceptional driver over one lap.
Tgu (@Thegrapeunwashed)

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On this day in F1

Niki Lauda used all his cunning and mechanical sympathy to win his home grand prix for the first time 30 years ago today.

Both McLarens suffered gearbox problems. Alain Prost spun off while trying to keep his car in gear.

Lauda, however, stroked his car home. Behind him Nelson Piquet believed Lauda was merely preserving his car and elected to do the same. When he discovered afterwards the trouble Lauda had been in, he realised he squandered a chance for victory.

It was a valuable victory for Lauda in a year when he eventually won the title by half a point.

Lauda had passed Piquet earlier in the race – at a point when the television coverage was not to the standard expected by champion-turned-commentator James Hunt:

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