F1 » Quick return behind Lotus Renault driver decision

Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean tasked with returning Lotus Renault to champion status within three years.

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Tommivo - Unregistered

December 13, 2011 9:56 AM

It reminds me of BAR....
"We'll be at the top in 3 years...!"
3 years later:
"this is a transition year for us, we are building to win races next year, and the championship in 2 years...!" (result: no points!)
3 years later: Gone !!!


December 13, 2011 10:39 AM

I fully understand the feelings/opinion of the above four posters and mine are not much different but Honda F1 “the racing team” (not Brawn) has thought me that the unexpected does happen in F1 racing, think of what would have happened if the “off throttle exhaust blowing system that Renault came out with first” the success of which would have been reversed between RBR the “borrower” of the mapping system and Renault the “inventors of the system”.

JJJ - Unregistered

December 13, 2011 11:21 AM

Apparently neither the team owner not the team manager have a clue about what it takes to win in F1.

The only way Renault have a chance is when they do strike gold with an innovation like Sunny suggested but really, how big is that chance? Particularly since Renault hav already hinted at a more conservative design for next year (in other words slow).

If Peter Sauber wouldn't act like Ferrari's b**** they'd have a better chance than Lotus

Piercarlogassolini - Unregistered

December 13, 2011 11:21 AM

I'm with sunny (I think) - good engine, British engineering and a potentially bloody quick driver, the difference between finishing just behind the Mercs and in the thick of the podium battles is that little 'trick' that all teams seek. Same applies to Merc I guess, although two seasons has shown that their dosh would have been better spent on Adrian Newey than Michael Schumacher

Ray Watson - Unregistered

December 13, 2011 11:46 AM

The Optimists are wrong,
Flavio had good engineers when Renault won world titles. Who do Lotus Renault have now ???? They build a "bucket of bolts" and have a has been driver and a "french"kid, and a bad track record of team management.

Also rans are their status !!!


December 13, 2011 11:55 AM

jjj. "renault" did come up with an innovation, that had all the other teams running scared, after testing. that was the fee. had the rbr exhaust blowing not surpassed the fee, renault could just have been a dominant team this year. at least they tried . shame it didnt work.


December 13, 2011 12:57 PM

Some time ago I was lambasted over here while drawing the attention of fellow posters that at the pre season tests and at the start of the season Renault was up there with the top teams. As to expectations (JJJ), who expected Renault to come out with a (1.5L V6 turbo engine) back then? Who expected Renault to come out with that (half litre!) aluminium bottle in between the engine VEE? Who expected Renault to start blowing exhaust gasses into a diffuser to energise it? All this back in 1980's and now in these modern days (Newe era) who expected Renault to keep a diffuser energised by exhaust gasses even when the driver lifts the throttle?, the sorry thing is that Renault was always beaten to a championship by her own inventions.

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