Lotus
Jul 4

Formula 1: Lotus to switch to Mercedes power in 2015

Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria. Saturday 21 June 2014. Romain Grosjean, Lotus E22 Renault, leaves the garage. World Copyright: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic. ref: Digital Image _79P5775 -------------------- LAT 2014 FIA Formula One World Championship Austrian Grand Prix 21 June 2014

Romain Grosjean leaves the garage in his Lotus E22 Renault during the 2014 Austrian GP weekend. (Photo: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic)

The deal for Lotus to use Mercedes power units from 2015 will be confirmed in the next few days. At one stage an announcement was scheduled for yesterday, but it could now come at the start of next week.

The new arrangement sees Lotus take over the supply made available by McLaren’s move to Honda next season.

Jun 24

Sources: Lotus F1 Team Considering Switch To Mercedes Power In 2015

Lotus has only scored points in four of the eight races this season. (Photo: Getty Images)

Lotus has only scored points in four of the eight races this season. (Photo: Getty Images)

Lotus could be set to switch from Renault to Mercedes power in 2015, well-placed sources have confirmed.

Inevitably there has been some tension between Renault and Lotus this season. Lotus has been late with payments to the French manufacturer over the past couple of seasons, while the reliability and performance problems associated with the power unit have proved frustrating to the team.

May 21

Formula 1: Maldonado denies rumors that his financial backing is under threat

Monte Carlo, Monaco. Wednesday 21 May 2014. Pastor Maldonado, Lotus F1, is interviewed. World Copyright: Andrew Ferraro/LAT Photographic. ref: Digital Image _FER0713

Pastor Maldonado has had a difficult season with Lotus in 2014, leading many to speculate whether the Venezualan would be able to keep his ride if he lost his financial backing. (Photo: Andrew Ferraro/LAT Photographic)

Pastor Maldonado has denied suggestions that his PDVSA backing is under threat, after Venezuela’s sports minister said that there would be no more support for the country’s racing drivers.

Maldonado insisted that Antonio Alvarez had nothing to do with PDVSA’s sponsorship of Lotus.

May 20

Le Mans Entry List: Lotus Withdraws, Millennium Racing Rejoins Field

Millennium Racing has regained an entry for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, following the withdrawal of the Lotus LMP1 car. (Photo: John Dagys)

Millennium Racing has regained an entry for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, following the withdrawal of the Lotus LMP1 car. (Photo: John Dagys)

There’s been a further change to the entry list for next month’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, as the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) announced Tuesday the withdrawal of Lotus, which was set to compete in the new-for-2014 LMP1-L class.

The Kodewa-run effort, which had faced delays with the build of the new Lotus T129 AER, has given way for Millennium Racing to rejoin the field. The UAE-backed effort, run by Britain’s Delta Motorsport, was originally forced out of the race due to delays in their funding. 

May 18

F1: Lotus Boss Hits Back After Renault’s Recent Payment Claims

Lotus team boss Gerard Lopez is not happy with engine supplier Renault. (Photo: Getty Images)

Lotus team boss Gerard Lopez is not happy with engine supplier Renault. (Photo: Getty Images)

 

Lotus team owner Gerard Lopez has hit out at Renault after the F1 engine supplier revealed some of its customers are behind in payments.

Although Renault chief Jean-Michel Jalinier’s comments in Barcelona also triggered rumors about the future of Caterham, suspicion also fell on Lotus, who last year were famously late to pay Kimi Raikkonen.