F1 » Lotus agrees Red Bull gearbox deal


Lotus to use Red Bull gearbox and hydraulics from 2011 onwards

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Ben M - Unregistered

October 05, 2010 12:40 PM

Renault engines, RB gearboxes, two experienced drivers... it's looking very bright for Lotus next year, although they seem to be copying Horner's business model a bit.

As long as their drivers don't make a habit of crashing into other cars/each other like Vettel and Webber keep on doing!

jasen - Unregistered

October 05, 2010 12:43 PM

Isn't this team seem to be copying Red Bull and Force India in the way they are working up their team?

I mean from the very beginning I can this team following the same path as Force India and now with this deal its even more obvious.

I don't mean its wrong or anything, but does look a bit of a copy cat.

Well I hope they do good next year!

moose - Unregistered

October 05, 2010 12:48 PM

they got former RBR guy in the team, elliot dason barber.RND guy at Lotus and former head of vehicle dynamics at RBR in 2009. he said that he really familiar with RBR gearbox

JJJ - Unregistered

October 05, 2010 12:56 PM

STR has a buch of RBR bits too...They ain't going very fast though.

It seems like Lotus has its mind set on being a midfield runner much like FI. They hire a mediocre technical director and source a bunch of parts from another team, so they're sure they'll be in the midfield but they're also sure they're not going to be any better than that.

If this is going to be the line theyll take into the future it's dissapponting and definitely not a continuation of what Lotus used to be all about.

JJJ - Unregistered

October 05, 2010 1:02 PM

Btw, some stories in the Dutch media today that Giedo van der Garde (the man who got beat by Perez this year) would be in play for a seat at Lotus next year. I'm sure it's more his manager hyping him up than a real possibility but still.

Said they were talking to 4 teams, none of which being HRT and 1 of which granted him a seat if he brought the funding (probably Virgin), one of which offered a testing role with a lookout for a race drive in 2012 (possibly Williams since they're sponsored by several Dutch brands including McGregor which is a personal sponsor of Giedo as well) and then apparently Lotus. He previously tested for Spyker when MG was there as well.

Billy .

October 05, 2010 1:10 PM
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Wonder why there's no news of the Renault engine yet?

Maybe a Toyota lump?

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Oh btw, correct me if i'm wrong but there's an article on the Lotus Racing website about the team coming home from Singapore on TF's AirAsia Team Lotus Airbus. Team Lotus? And what appears to be a Team Lotus logo on the rear wing too.

Thought all that was off topic at the moment???

JJJ - Unregistered

October 05, 2010 1:38 PM

Come on guys, whats with the MG love? The guy is a bully that doesn't deliver the goods. I admit he sounded a bit more grounded and reasonable on the BBC some times this year but I think you let the fact that he's british cloud your judgement.

He's done nothing with a 300 MM budget at Toyoda year after year and followed that up with causing a bunch of conflicts without results to show for it at Spyker, Midland and ultimately FI. Now he's making the once proud Team Lotus an also ran and everybody is applauding???

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