Lotus F1 keen to retain Grosjean

August 26th, 2014

Lotus F1 gas claimed that star driver Romain Grosjean remains very much a part of their plans for the future, despite the fact that they failed to announce his name for the 2015 season while confirming that Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado will remain with the team.

The Frenchman scored six podium finishes for the team last season and was a revelation alongside Kimi Raikkonen but the new car this season has been very disappointing and has led to the team struggling on the grid with Grosjean himself scoring just eight points and this has led to immense speculation that he might be lured by some of the major players on the grid and that is something the team is keen to aboid.

Federico Gastaldi, the team principal of Lotus F1 stated that Grosjean has been a part of the Lotus family for a very long time, since his days as a driver in the GP2 series. He went on to add that Grosjean is a top driver and he is not happy with how this season has turned out and that is the same feeling echoed by everyone else associated with the team.

He went on to add that although he cannot announce anything right now, it will be done once both parties are comfortable with the timing of it but he did mention that it is the team’s intention to have him around for a long time and continue what has already been a great relationship.

He also spoke about the renewal of Maldonado’s contract, terming it as a renewal of vows after what has been a very difficult honeymoon period for them. Gastaldi added that the driver is very much a part of their plans for the future and he is happy that he has committed himself to the cause as well.

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August 21st, 2014

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Mattiacci Insists On Aerodynamic Progress By Ferrari

July 30th, 2014

Ferrari team principal Marco Mattiacci has insisted on good aerodynamic progression by his Formula 1 team in the recent races.  The progression is believed to have rendered a fantastic start for the squad in the 2nd half of this season.

Mattiacci is the new team principal for the esteemed Formula 1 team since April 2014, replacing Domenicali. However, the new change of power hasn’t sparked any sort of drastic turnover in regards to fortunes in Maranello. The team is still to emulate its very podium finish since his initial weekend as the principal at Sino Grand Prix. According to sources, Fernando Alonso has openly complained about Ferrari’s aerodynamics after his Silverstone stint and has even noted that it’s the aerodynamic issues which hindered him from overtaking World Champ Vettel in the race for 5th. However, Ferrari’s new team principal is continuosly stressing on adequate aerodynamic progression.

“I need to say that we have come up with a great deal of aerodynamic progress in the previous races that led that led to a serious positive result on track- hence we consider it as a great starting point in comparison to the events in the past”, remarked Mattiacci while stressing on the aerodynamic enhancement in the current Ferrari cars.

“I feel it takes little time. There’re issues that actually have been pretty persistent on our car for sometime and we are striving our best to improve whatever possible soon. Fernando is pretty well aware of it.”

Post the Brit Grand Prix, Ferrari’s new Team Principal assured that he had been looking forward to build up a different squad for 2015 yet he doesn’t feel that there’s necessarily some quick-fix on some lingering problems Ferrari has experienced this season.

“On the operational side, I don’t feel we can come up with immediate improvements for the car”, he added in.


July 24th, 2014

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June 26th, 2014

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Tandragee Crash Kills Dublin Motorbike Racer

June 5th, 2014

A Dublin motorbike racer has unfortunately lost his life at the recent fatal Tandragee crash in a Co Armagh race.

36 year old Noel Murphy was a citizen of Lusk who died as his motorbike crashed down at the esteemed Tandragee track.

Murphy was 4 laps into that chase in Junior Support division while the crash happened on May 3rd, around midday.

The racing event was naturally suspended briefly but then resumed again given the request of Murphy’s father who was a spectator there.

Fondly addressed as “Smurf” among friends, Noel was a plasterer in his dad’s business & had lately celebrated birth of his newborn son. He secured quite an impressive win end April at Cookstown 100 chase & took part in the Tandragee race to fasten his name for the classic Manx racing at Isle of Man.

“This is quite a terrible jolt”, said Nole’s friend, adding that racing community was high on the biker post his amazing win end April.

Tony Carton, the chairman of Loughshinny Motorcycle Supporters Club, where Noel too had his membership, expressed great disappointment on the untimely death of the bright biker. Defining Murphy’s fatal accident as huge loss for the club & the sport, carton added- RIP Smurf- from your dear racing friends & community.”

Many have left their heartfelt condolences on Noel’s racing page on Facebook. One of the fans wrote- RIP Murphy- Passed away sadly doing the thing you loved.”

Another post read-“world of motorbike racing lost one more brave man, Noel Murphy. You’ve been taken away too early.”

Racing fans even hit another popular social networking site Twitter to express condolences.

Noel’s unfortunate fatal accident marks the 2nd death at Tandragee. Another Dubliner Martin Finnegan too lost out on a bike crash at the same course in 2008.