Lotus
Apr 18

Maldonado crashes entering pit road

Pastor Maldonado climbs out of the cockpit after his accident Friday morning. (Photo: Steven Tee/LAT Photographic)

Pastor Maldonado climbs out of the cockpit after his accident Friday morning. (Photo: Steven Tee/LAT Photographic)

Pastor Maldonado’s accident-prone season continued in China today when the Lotus driver crashed in the pit entry road.

Maldonado repeated a mistake seen in the past when he ran wide at the tight left-hander and understeered off the road into the tire wall. Earlier he had an off-track moment when he appeared to be distracted while making an adjustment on the steering wheel.

Mar 28

Lotus Endures Disastrous First Day In Malaysia

Romain Grosjean's Lotus is removed from the track after breaking down during practice. (Photo: Getty Images)

Romain Grosjean’s Lotus is removed from the track after breaking down during practice. (Photo: Getty Images)

 

Lotus endured another disastrous day in Sepang as Pastor Maldonado failed to log a lap time.

Maldonado did only two installation laps in the morning before he was forced to park the car, and a power unit change – including key components such as the V6, the turbo and the motor generator units – meant that he could not run in the afternoon.

Mar 25

Renault ready for Malaysia challenge

With Ricciardo's disqualification, Caterham, Red Bull and Lotus, all powered by Renault, failed to score points at Australia. (Photo: Clive Mason/Getty Images)

With Ricciardo’s disqualification, Caterham, Red Bull and Lotus, all powered by Renault, failed to score points at Australia. (Photo: Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Renault Sport insists that it has got to the bottom of the problems suffered in Australia.

Although three of its cars made the points, the other five Renault powered cars failed to see the flag, albeit for a variety of reasons.

Mar 15

Signs Of Progress After Good Mileage For Renault Engines

Daniil Kvyat of Russia and Scuderia Toro Rosso prepares to drive during qualifying for the Australian Formula One GP. (Photo: Getty Images)

Daniil Kvyat of Russia and Scuderia Toro Rosso prepares to drive during qualifying for the Australian Formula One GP. (Photo: Getty Images)

The Renault engines endured mixed fortunes on Friday in Australia as the French manufacturer showed that it is working its way out of its problems.

While RBR and Toro Rosso had relatively troublefree days, both Caterham and Lotus faced huge problems, although not all were entirely due to the power unit. However the mileage achieved by the other teams was a big plus.

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