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Lotus set to remain unchanged

Lotus looks set to keep an unchanged line-up for the 2011 season
Lotus Racing is set to field an unchanged line-up for the 2011 F1 season, according to reports in the Finnish press.

Despite a raft of announcements in recent weeks, including the end of its Cosworth engine deal and a tie-up with Red Bull Technologies, no news has been forthcoming about whether or not Heikki Kovalainen and Jarno Trulli would return as drivers for the teams second season on the grid.

Kovalainen has enjoyed the better results of the pair and took the team's best result at Suzuka when he crossed the line in twelfth place, a result which has gone a long way towards securing tenth in the constructors' championship and the financial rewards that that position will bring.

Trulli meanwhile has endured the lions share of bad luck within the team, having posted seven retirements during the season – although the Italian also took his best finish of the year in Japan after following Kovalainen home in 13th.

Kovalainen is believed to have signed a new deal to remain for a second season earlier in the year, even though no official announcement has been made, with the Finnish newspaper Turan Sanomat reporting that an announcement could be made by Korea next weekend to confirm both drivers will remain – with Trulli now close to signing a contract extension.

Rumours had suggested that Lotus could have taken Russian driver Vitaly Petrov as part of its expected engine deal with Renault, but the fact that Kimi Raikkonen appears to have ruled himself out of the running for a drive with the Enstone-based team has increased Petrov's chances of staying where he is for a second season.



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Azrai - Unregistered

October 16, 2010 4:56 PM

Lotus set for unchanged line-up Not the case, Kovalainen is to move over to Renault to facilitate the stalled enginge deal, Petrov to replace Kovalainen at Lotus, Truli's contract will not be renewed, with a driver replacing him to facilitate the Lotus name issue

Taz

October 14, 2010 1:51 PM

@JJJ From what I'd heard it was pretty certain De Riesta was in the car next year, they'd be insane to run Liuzzi again, he's been woeful this year apart from the odd occasion. Did you speak directly to the ops manager or has he been quoted in the press ? just curious.



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