Jump to content


Photo
* * * * - 12 votes

2014 Silly Season [merged]


  • This topic is locked This topic is locked
3397 replies to this topic

#201 Fastcake

Fastcake
  • Member

  • 6,254 posts
  • Joined: April 10

Posted 17 May 2013 - 09:26

I think Felipe Nasr is pretty much a lock to be in F1 next year.

Question is where


Anywhere with an open seat and needing money.

Advertisement

#202 artista

artista
  • RC Forum Host

  • 5,266 posts
  • Joined: May 10

Posted 21 May 2013 - 12:37

Kimi admits: I have two options for 2014

The full interview is in the paper edition, I don't have access to it, so I don't really know how much he really "admitted"

PS. Thanks to Adri for discovering the article

#203 darkkis

darkkis
  • Member

  • 839 posts
  • Joined: October 12

Posted 21 May 2013 - 12:44

Kimi admits: I have two options for 2014

The full interview is in the paper edition, I don't have access to it, so I don't really know how much he really "admitted"

PS. Thanks to Adri for discovering the article

Sounds like a load of crap. He doesn't usually reveal his intentions. :lol:

#204 Shiroo

Shiroo
  • Member

  • 4,012 posts
  • Joined: October 12

Posted 21 May 2013 - 12:52

I expect Kimi to stay at Lotus. It would be best for f1, team, and for him. For f1 cause some toro rosso will get a chance for top seat, and we might see someone new at podium. Also it would spice up wdc cuz he will be contender and a contender from different teams are best. Also top team, and we shoulf consider lotus as one if we count mercedes or mclaren.atm.as top should have.top rate driver.as.main driver. And as for Kimi, he has a team that prioritize his opinion, gives him a car that fits him, has free will, and is clear nr1 not like it would be in rbr

#205 F1ultimate

F1ultimate
  • Member

  • 2,877 posts
  • Joined: November 10

Posted 21 May 2013 - 13:09

Red Bull would be a great fit but I'm not sure Kimi is keen on the politics. He's been there and done that at Ferrari and Mclaren.

#206 Sakae

Sakae
  • Member

  • 19,256 posts
  • Joined: December 03

Posted 21 May 2013 - 13:16

Kimi admits: I have two options for 2014

The full interview is in the paper edition, I don't have access to it, so I don't really know how much he really "admitted"

PS. Thanks to Adri for discovering the article

It could not be denied, that the most fundamental and obvious options to Kimi are to continue, or discontinue his current relationship with Lotus. Beyond that it is anyone's guess what he will do in 2014. (I cannot read Finnish, BTW, thus I am not sure what the article said).

#207 artista

artista
  • RC Forum Host

  • 5,266 posts
  • Joined: May 10

Posted 21 May 2013 - 13:22

It could not be denied, that the most fundamental and obvious options to Kimi are to continue, or discontinue his current relationship with Lotus. Beyond that it is anyone's guess what he will do in 2014. (I cannot read Finnish, BTW, thus I am not sure what the article said).

I don't think knowing Finnish would help you at all in this case... it's Italian :p

Don't get mad at me for teasing you, I just had a good chuckle reading the "Finnish" thing.
The link says very little, the title is what I translated (Kimi admits: I have two options for 2014), and the body of the article is just a little piece of the real interview that has been published in the paper edition (I don't have access to it)

#208 Sakae

Sakae
  • Member

  • 19,256 posts
  • Joined: December 03

Posted 21 May 2013 - 13:29

I don't think knowing Finnish would help you at all in this case... it's Italian :p

Don't get mad at me for teasing you, I just had a good chuckle reading the "Finnish" thing.
The link says very little, the title is what I translated (Kimi admits: I have two options for 2014), and the body of the article is just a little piece of the real interview that has been published in the paper edition (I don't have access to it)

:D

#209 Jovanotti

Jovanotti
  • Member

  • 2,936 posts
  • Joined: October 11

Posted 21 May 2013 - 13:46

Just read the whole interview, it doesn't say anything more about 2014 than you see in the teaser, the whole "interview" rather seems a compilation of various (older) quotes of Räikkönen. Absolutely nothing new there, unless he has his catalogue of standardised answers for journalists (which I imagine could be the case :lol: ).

Edited by Jovanotti, 21 May 2013 - 13:52.


#210 manmower

manmower
  • Member

  • 372 posts
  • Joined: April 07

Posted 21 May 2013 - 13:47

Kimi admits: I have two options for 2014

The full interview is in the paper edition, I don't have access to it, so I don't really know how much he really "admitted"

PS. Thanks to Adri for discovering the article

Well, my best translation: KR says he doesn't have a contract for next year. When asked if it's him who wants to keep his options open or the team, he says these things always come from both sides, but that not much is going on, no real talks yet, and that he will make his decision in due time. When asked how many options he has he says he thinks there are two, but you can never be certain in F1. When asked what will determine the choice he says he has been around long enough to know that you need to do what's best for yourself. And the last bit is mostly him saying he hasn't really thought about quitting yet.

#211 artista

artista
  • RC Forum Host

  • 5,266 posts
  • Joined: May 10

Posted 21 May 2013 - 15:18

Thanks!

#212 ChiltonsCats

ChiltonsCats
  • Member

  • 129 posts
  • Joined: February 13

Posted 22 May 2013 - 05:20

for fun:

Ferrari: Fernando Alonso, Paul DiResta
Red Bull: Kimi Raikkonen, Daniel Ricciardo
Mercedes: Lewis Hamilton, Sebastien Vettel
Lotus: Mark Webber, Nico Rosberg
Force India: Fellipe Massa, Jules Bianchi
McLaren: Jenson Button, Sergio Perez
Sauber: Nico Hulkenberg, Romain Grosjean
Williams: Pastor Maldonado, Valterri Bottas
Toro Rosso: Antonio Felix Da Coata, Alexander Rossi
Marussia: Max Chilton, Joylon Palmer
Caterham: Heikki Kovalinen, Kamui Kobayashi

Edited by ChiltonsCats, 22 May 2013 - 05:21.


#213 lustigson

lustigson
  • Member

  • 4,773 posts
  • Joined: March 01

Posted 30 May 2013 - 10:11

"Williams has confirmed it will switch to Mercedes engines next season in what it describes as a "long-term" partnership", says Autosport.com.

#214 lustigson

lustigson
  • Member

  • 4,773 posts
  • Joined: March 01

Posted 30 May 2013 - 10:13

Added Mercedes power to Williams team.

Scuderia Ferrari
Ferrari F2014Ferrari 057 1.6 V6T
Team Principal: Stefano Domenicali ; Technical Director: Pat Fry
1. Fernando Alonso (contracted through '16)
2. Felipe Massa (current driver)

Infiniti Red Bull Racing
Red Bull Racing RB10Renault RS28 1.6 V6T (engine deal until '16)
Team Principal: Christian Horner ; Technical Director: Adrian Newey
3. Sebastian Vettel (on a long-term deal through '14, perhaps with options)
4. Mark Webber (current driver)
Daniel Ricciardo (possible)
Jean-Éric Vergne (possible)
Kimi Räikkönen (possible)

Honeywell Lotus F1 Team (title sponsorship rumoured for '13, too)
Lotus E22Renault RS28 1.6 V6T
Team Principal: Eric Boullier ; Technical Director: Nick Chester
5. Kimi Räikkönen (current driver)
6. Romain Grosjean (current driver)
Robert Kubica (confirmed to be in the frame, should he be fit to return)
Davide Valsecchi (confirmed to be in the frame)

Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team (HWA might get involved in ownership through Toto Wolff)
Mercedes F1 W05Mercedes FO106A 1.6 V6T
Team Principal: Ross Brawn ; Technical Director: Bob Bell
7. Nico Rosberg (on a multi-year deal beyond '13)
8. Lewis Hamilton (signed for '13-'15)

Telmex McLaren Mercedes (title sponsorship rumoured; Vodafone deal ends)
McLaren MP4-29Mercedes FO106A 1.6 V6T (Honda from '15 onwards)
Team Principal: Martin Whitmarsh ; Technical Director: Tim Goss
9. Jenson Button (contracted through '13 with option for '14)
10. Sergio Pérez (on a multi-year contract)

Sauber F1 Team
Sauber C33Ferrari 057 1.6 V6T / Mercedes FO106A 1.6 V6T
Team Principal: Monisha Kaltenborn ; Chief Designer: Matt Morris
11. Nico Hülkenberg (current driver)
12. Esteban Gutiérrez (current driver)

Sahara Force India F1 Team
Force India VJM07Mercedes FO106A 1.6 V6T (multi-year deal)
Team Principal: Vijay Mallya ; Technical Director: Andrew Green
14. Adrian Sutil (current driver)
15. Paul Di Resta (current driver)

Williams F1 Team
Williams FW36Mercedes FO106A 1.6 V6T (multi-year deal)
Team Principal: Frank Williams ; Technical Director: Mike Coughlan
16. Pastor Maldonado (on a long-term deal through '14, perhaps with options)
17. Valtteri Bottas (on a long-term deal through '14)

Scuderia Toro Rosso
Toro Rosso STR9Renault RS28 1.6 V6T
Team Principal: Franz Tost ; Technical Director: James Key
18. Daniel Ricciardo (current driver)
19. Jean-Éric Vergne (current driver)
António Félix da Costa (rumoured; perhaps already in '13)

Marussia F1 Team
Marussia MR03Ferrari 057 1.6 V6T / Mercedes FO106A 1.6 V6T
Team Principal: John Booth ; Technical Director: Pat Symonds
20. Jules Bianchi (current driver)
21. Max Chilton (current driver; maybe with long-term deal)
Luiz Razia (dropped at the 11th hour for the '13 season; welcome to return, according to the team)

Caterham F1 Team
Caterham CT04Renault RS28 1.6 V6T
Team Principal: Cyril Abiteboul ; Technical Director: Mark Smith
22. Charles Pic (confirmed; long-term deal)
23. Giedo van der Garde (current driver)

Edited by lustigson, 30 May 2013 - 11:16.


#215 Sakae

Sakae
  • Member

  • 19,256 posts
  • Joined: December 03

Posted 30 May 2013 - 10:22

Does rumor that Ford is returning (assuming as an engine supplier) belong here..?

#216 sopa

sopa
  • Member

  • 3,224 posts
  • Joined: April 07

Posted 30 May 2013 - 10:29

I think you can add Raikkonen as a rumoured driver to Red Bull. Even Mateschitz said they consider him.

And tbh I don't know, what Razia does at Marussia list. You can be sure any driver is "welcome" there if they bring lots of money.

#217 lustigson

lustigson
  • Member

  • 4,773 posts
  • Joined: March 01

Posted 30 May 2013 - 10:29

Does rumor that Ford is returning (assuming as an engine supplier) belong here..?

Absolutely... but where did you hear/read that?

Oh, found it. It's on German site Speed Week (translation).

Edited by lustigson, 30 May 2013 - 10:40.


#218 lustigson

lustigson
  • Member

  • 4,773 posts
  • Joined: March 01

Posted 30 May 2013 - 10:30

I think you can add Raikkonen as a rumoured driver to Red Bull. Even Mateschitz said they consider him.

And tbh I don't know, what Razia does at Marussia list. You can be sure any driver is "welcome" there if they bring lots of money.

I added Räikkönen. Thanks for spotting that.

And I kept Razia in there because he had a contract for 2013 in the first place. Like you say, any driver with money would be welcome, but Razia already had a deal, so the team must be convinced by his abilities (relative to his budget, perhaps).

#219 r4mses

r4mses
  • Member

  • 1,100 posts
  • Joined: April 09

Posted 30 May 2013 - 10:30

lustigson: why is McLaren/Honda still categorised as unconfirmed/rumoured?

Edited by r4mses, 30 May 2013 - 10:32.


Advertisement

#220 lustigson

lustigson
  • Member

  • 4,773 posts
  • Joined: March 01

Posted 30 May 2013 - 10:34

lustigson: why is McLaren/Honda still categorised as unconfirmed/rumoured?

Crap, I'll have to double-check the list. I made a few updates to the 2015 silly season thread, and probably forgot to update the 2014 one.

Fixed the Honda issue, though. Thanks!

#221 plumtree

plumtree
  • Member

  • 712 posts
  • Joined: December 10

Posted 30 May 2013 - 10:56

Toro Rosso - Renault is a done deal too. :wave:

http://media.renault...x?mediaid=47526


Edit: Caterham - Renault

"Caterham to retain Renault F1 engines as Williams eyes Mercedes" http://www.autosport...t.php/id/107630

Edited by plumtree, 30 May 2013 - 11:02.


#222 lustigson

lustigson
  • Member

  • 4,773 posts
  • Joined: March 01

Posted 30 May 2013 - 11:17

Toro Rosso - Renault is a done deal too. :wave:

http://media.renault...x?mediaid=47526

Added. Thanks!

#223 HistoryFan

HistoryFan
  • Member

  • 2,615 posts
  • Joined: November 07

Posted 04 June 2013 - 13:10

Some ideas:

- Webber to Lotus? Makes sense if Lotus will lose Räikkönen. Who else could drive there?

- Where to go for Bianchi? Sauber (with the help of Ferrari?), Lotus? Force India?

- Who could enter F1? Coletti? Nasr? Magnussen? Where?

#224 EthanM

EthanM
  • Member

  • 2,279 posts
  • Joined: April 09

Posted 04 June 2013 - 13:21

If Lotus can't hang on to Raikkonen i think they will go full pay driver. Webber just doesn't have the commercial appeal and Lotus is too far in the red. Unless they have a great season in 2013 manage to finish like in the top 2 in the WCC and get bonus money

Edited by EthanM, 04 June 2013 - 13:21.


#225 Shiroo

Shiroo
  • Member

  • 4,012 posts
  • Joined: October 12

Posted 04 June 2013 - 14:58

If Lotus can't hang on to Raikkonen i think they will go full pay driver. Webber just doesn't have the commercial appeal and Lotus is too far in the red. Unless they have a great season in 2013 manage to finish like in the top 2 in the WCC and get bonus money

well if they would have normal Nr2 driver then they could achieve top 2. If they will run 2x pay driver they will end 2014 in 5-6th place. And I highly doubt that 5th +2x Pay Driver place gives same amount of cash as top 3 in WCC (unless they will hire 2x Maldonado)

#226 Anderis

Anderis
  • Member

  • 2,667 posts
  • Joined: December 09

Posted 04 June 2013 - 15:06

And I highly doubt that 5th +2x Pay Driver place gives same amount of cash as top 3 in WCC (unless they will hire 2x Maldonado)

It does. I've seen some numbers and I remember that Maldonado alone brings around as much money as the difference between 1st and 10th in WCC. So two "normal" paydrivers should easy bring enough money to cover the loss of 3 or 4 positions in WCC and even something beyond that.

Hulkenberg can go to Lotus, I feel. It makes sense for both IMO.

#227 HaydenFan

HaydenFan
  • Member

  • 2,105 posts
  • Joined: February 09

Posted 04 June 2013 - 16:14

It does. I've seen some numbers and I remember that Maldonado alone brings around as much money as the difference between 1st and 10th in WCC. So two "normal" paydrivers should easy bring enough money to cover the loss of 3 or 4 positions in WCC and even something beyond that.

Hulkenberg can go to Lotus, I feel. It makes sense for both IMO.


I understand the Hulk seems to be on a Fisichella plan of trying to sit himself with teams where he can get a ride with a top team, but will he jump for a 4th team in 4 seasons? Sauber hasn't panned out this season, but that's due to two new drivers, as they did well the last few season once the drivers had more than a season with the team.

And if Lotus is unable to keep Kimi, who is to say under the economic climate with Lotus that Sauber would be the better choice to be at in 2014?

Edited by HaydenFan, 04 June 2013 - 16:15.


#228 garoidb

garoidb
  • Member

  • 3,905 posts
  • Joined: May 11

Posted 04 June 2013 - 18:12

What is the position with Massa? Does he have a chance to stay at Ferrari for another year? When would negotiations begin, or not as the case may be?

Furthermore, would he be of interest to any other team if Ferrari pass on him? Lotus Renault for example?

#229 HaydenFan

HaydenFan
  • Member

  • 2,105 posts
  • Joined: February 09

Posted 04 June 2013 - 19:36

I honestly think if Ferrari does not retain Massa, he is done. Even if he is willing to take a severe pay cut, what team would take the risk? And if he was to be confirmed or not, it would be worked out when other teams start the moves. I don't see any moves outside Webber leaving Red Bull, so what that occurs is when things would probably take off. But that all hinges of if Webber stays or not.

#230 garoidb

garoidb
  • Member

  • 3,905 posts
  • Joined: May 11

Posted 04 June 2013 - 19:43

I honestly think if Ferrari does not retain Massa, he is done. Even if he is willing to take a severe pay cut, what team would take the risk? And if he was to be confirmed or not, it would be worked out when other teams start the moves. I don't see any moves outside Webber leaving Red Bull, so what that occurs is when things would probably take off. But that all hinges of if Webber stays or not.


They might retain him, though. It would be less surprising this year than it was last year.

#231 rasul

rasul
  • Member

  • 955 posts
  • Joined: October 12

Posted 04 June 2013 - 19:54

Massa isn't going anywhere. WDCs come and go, but Massa is always there. :smoking: Just wait and see: we might even see him playing a perfect #2 to Vettel before he retires.

#232 Shiroo

Shiroo
  • Member

  • 4,012 posts
  • Joined: October 12

Posted 04 June 2013 - 19:57

well faster I believe Lotus would hire Webber faster than Massa. ofcourse if Raikkonen will change team (or sport :)).

I wonder though, if Grosjean will stay. If he will perform as good as now, I simply can't see that.
About Hulk, well Lotus is a better team than Sauber, so for me at least it would be a no brainer if they would want to hire him.

Edited by Shiroo, 04 June 2013 - 19:58.


#233 Fastcake

Fastcake
  • Member

  • 6,254 posts
  • Joined: April 10

Posted 04 June 2013 - 20:36

well faster I believe Lotus would hire Webber faster than Massa. ofcourse if Raikkonen will change team (or sport :)).

I wonder though, if Grosjean will stay. If he will perform as good as now, I simply can't see that.
About Hulk, well Lotus is a better team than Sauber, so for me at least it would be a no brainer if they would want to hire him.


Hulk may be a great choice to replace Grosjean based on close driving talent and much better consistency, but I don't believe he brings any money to Sauber. Lotus still need backing.

#234 onewingedangel

onewingedangel
  • Member

  • 923 posts
  • Joined: January 11

Posted 08 June 2013 - 10:28

Rumours of Rosberg to Ferrari and Maldonado to Lotus swirling.

Doubt they are true, with Rosberg believed to have a contract with Mercedes, and Maldonado's backing in question.

If PDVSA left Williams the teams budget would be pretty much gone, and they would need two paydrivers bringing big sponsorship to replace PDVSA. Dropping Senna for Bottas would look a massive mistake if Maldonado does leave and can take PDVSA with him.

If Maldonado's backing does dry up, then Williams would look equally foolish, but I couldn't see Maldonado going to Lotus, who look to be in similar need for funds.

Williams really needs a sponsor (or investor) not tied to their drivers. Is the Qatar angle pretty much dead, SFR has been trying for so long to build that bridge and it seems to be taking so long a major investment would seem unlikely.

Edited by onewingedangel, 08 June 2013 - 10:33.


#235 Cavani

Cavani
  • Member

  • 905 posts
  • Joined: March 12

Posted 08 June 2013 - 10:56

this is a non-rumour , just becayse domencalli said that rosberg was considered doesn't mean he will move there , all teams are considering all drivers when looking for a new pilot , that has been said before , and about maldonado to lotus that looks like pure bullshit speculation

#236 DutchQuicksilver

DutchQuicksilver
  • Member

  • 1,983 posts
  • Joined: June 11

Posted 08 June 2013 - 11:26

Well, there were talks of Vettel to Mercedes, which means Hamilton or Rosberg has to move.

Possibiliy: Vettel to Mercedes, Rosberg to Ferrari, Raikkonen to Red Bull and Maldonado or Webber to Lotus.

#237 David Lightman

David Lightman
  • Member

  • 360 posts
  • Joined: September 09

Posted 08 June 2013 - 11:28

Why on earth would Vettel move to Mercedes? Seriously, why?

#238 Niceone

Niceone
  • Member

  • 649 posts
  • Joined: August 09

Posted 08 June 2013 - 11:29

New rumour:
Maldonado would replace Räikkönen at Lotus. So 2014 Lotus would have Maldonado & Grosjean as drivers. They say that Maldonado is seeking new team because Williams doesn't have the pace and Lotus would welcome his money.

http://www.iltasanom...8572155277.html

They also say that this depends on what Räikkönen does. If he continues at Lotus then driver line up would be Räikkönen & Maldonado

Edited by Niceone, 08 June 2013 - 11:30.


#239 DutchQuicksilver

DutchQuicksilver
  • Member

  • 1,983 posts
  • Joined: June 11

Posted 08 June 2013 - 11:30

Why on earth would Vettel move to Mercedes? Seriously, why?

New challenge? German link?

Advertisement

#240 eronrules

eronrules
  • Member

  • 3,230 posts
  • Joined: January 12

Posted 08 June 2013 - 11:30

even if Kimsta stays at lotus, i think Maldonado to lotus is the most likely to happen in 2014, i'll bet PDVSA is tired of pouring money into the williams sinkhole.

#241 DutchQuicksilver

DutchQuicksilver
  • Member

  • 1,983 posts
  • Joined: June 11

Posted 08 June 2013 - 11:36

I would like to see Maldonado at Lotus for sure. Montoya managed to star in a top team now and then, so Maldonado should be able to as well. He's got the pace to do it.

#242 sopa

sopa
  • Member

  • 3,224 posts
  • Joined: April 07

Posted 08 June 2013 - 11:37

The only thing I believe here is too Maldonado-Lotus link apart from Raikkonen to RBR. Rosberg, Vettel on the move? I don't think so.

However, Maldonado to Lotus could be a sign that they won't retain Grosjean. Can't say for sure, but they certainly must be afraid of two crash-prone drivers. I suppose it's the matter of Maldo simply bringing more money then.

#243 sopa

sopa
  • Member

  • 3,224 posts
  • Joined: April 07

Posted 08 June 2013 - 11:38

I would like to see Maldonado at Lotus for sure. Montoya managed to star in a top team now and then, so Maldonado should be able to as well. He's got the pace to do it.


I don't know. Maldonado is struggling to beat Bottas. To me Maldo is similar to Grosjean - crash-prone and OCCASIONALLY fast. But certainly not consistently.

#244 DutchQuicksilver

DutchQuicksilver
  • Member

  • 1,983 posts
  • Joined: June 11

Posted 08 June 2013 - 11:41

I don't know. Maldonado is struggling to beat Bottas. To me Maldo is similar to Grosjean - crash-prone and OCCASIONALLY fast. But certainly not consistently.

At least Maldonado doesn't drive into other cars anymore.

#245 Anja

Anja
  • Member

  • 532 posts
  • Joined: November 09

Posted 08 June 2013 - 11:45

I can't see any reason for Lotus to sign Maldonado right now. Well, except the money he brings.

#246 Molo19

Molo19
  • Member

  • 134 posts
  • Joined: April 12

Posted 08 June 2013 - 11:49

I can't see any reason for Lotus to sign Maldonado right now. Well, except the money he brings.


And in F1 that reason would be out of the question.

#247 eronrules

eronrules
  • Member

  • 3,230 posts
  • Joined: January 12

Posted 08 June 2013 - 11:54

I would like to see Maldonado at Lotus for sure. Montoya managed to star in a top team now and then, so Maldonado should be able to as well. He's got the pace to do it.


now that you mention it, they does have the similarities in many ways. i see maldonado as the Jari-matti latvala of F1.


but that said, if maldonado is gone, so is 20+ mil quids for williamsf1. i'm afraid that williams is heading to way JordanF1.

maybe '' Force (put any arab nation here) F1'' is the likely future for the once legendary WillamsF1.

#248 Cavani

Cavani
  • Member

  • 905 posts
  • Joined: March 12

Posted 08 June 2013 - 11:57

even if Kimsta stays at lotus, i think Maldonado to lotus is the most likely to happen in 2014, i'll bet PDVSA is tired of pouring money into the williams sinkhole.


PDVSA is not concenred about throwing 20 odd millions on an F1 team that is touring the world showing their name , its business is in billions

#249 artista

artista
  • RC Forum Host

  • 5,266 posts
  • Joined: May 10

Posted 08 June 2013 - 12:00

I can't see any reason for Lotus to sign Maldonado right now. Well, except the money he brings.

Given the more than horrendous debt numbers that were known about Lotus just a few days ago, money would be a very, very good reason to sign Maldonado

---------------------------------------

On the Räikkönen to Red Bull rumours, this week's Autosport magazine cover is, literally, "Red Bull: we want Kimi. Raikkonen favourite to replace Webber"
Inside the magazine, both, Charles Bradley's editorial and Edd Straw's feature article state (they don't suggest, there are no conditional tenses) Räikkönen is the leading name in the team's wishes for next year. Webber and Ricciardo should also be in the list but behind Räikkönen. As previously reported in some other sites, Autosport also suggest Webber's behaviour during the race in Brazil last year is one of the main things playing against him.

#250 onewingedangel

onewingedangel
  • Member

  • 923 posts
  • Joined: January 11

Posted 08 June 2013 - 12:03

I can't see any reason for Lotus to sign Maldonado right now. Well, except the money he brings.


Money keeps the teams doors open and lights on, they can't operate at a loss forever. Even teams with wealthy backers have a point at which they refuse to throw good money after bad.

Genii were essentially given the team on finance as Renault wanted rid, and have operated at a loss ever since servicing the debt. They would be borrowing against the value of the team and its future income, but there will come a point where loans would not be extended and they run into cash flow problems.

What seems surprising is that the team do get solid prize money year-on-year and appear to have good sponsorship, yet operate at a loss. This could indicate that they lowered their rate card to get sponsors on the car in the hopes of bringing in even more, but ultimately you need the money in the bank, not stickers on the car.