Skip to main content

Lotus F1™ celebrates an amazing race in Brazil and a solid season's performance.
AddThis Social Bookmark Button
Company press release.

Lotus F1™ celebrates an amazing race in Brazil and a solid season's performance.  The 2012 FIA Formula One™ Championship concluded in Brazil yesterday, in a thrilling battle marking the end of another electrifying and unpredictable F1™ season. As the motorsport menagerie prepares to return home, Lotus celebrates what has been a prolific journey for the team this year.

The Interlagos circuit in São Paulo was the backdrop to a gritty and nail-biting last race, which unfolded in spectacularly dramatic fashion. Despite wet weather playing havoc with race strategy, Lotus ace Kimi Raikkönen put in another gutsy performance at the Brazilian track where just 5 years previous he was crowned 2007 F1™ World Champion. McLaren driver and 2008 F1™ World Champion Lewis Hamilton went head to head with Kimi as both battled furiously contending for third position in the Drivers Championship. A rain soaked and super slippery circuit caused a collision with Force India's Nico Hülkenberg resulting in early retirement for Hamilton in lap 55, securing Kimi the coveted spot. Lotus stable mate Romain Grosjean also succumbed to a greasy track forcing him to bow out disappointingly in lap 6. Never-the-less Romain finished a commendable 8th in the Driver's Championship.

Both results were indicative of Lotus' achievements during this year's competition, where Lotus saw its 80th F1™ win following Kimi's race to victory in Abu Dhabi, and first win with the Enstone based team. Proof the team's plan for the Constructor's Title is well-underway, Lotus F1™ edges closer to the top spot finishing 4th this year, up one place from 2011.

Eric Boullier, Team Principal

'The conclusion of the championship is good; fourth was our target and we've achieved that by a considerable margin. On top of that we've been fighting with the leading teams right to the end of the year. For Kimi to take third in the Drivers' Championship is a really great achievement after being away for two years and a testament not only to the car we gave him, but to the team for their support. We scored our first win with the Lotus name and achieved a good number of podiums over the year, so overall it's been a very good season. I can only thank everyone at Enstone and everyone at Renault; I'm very proud to be a part of this effort. Our progress is very promising for next year. With the continuity and stability we have I'm sure we'll be fighting for podiums again in 2013.'

Alan Permane, Trackside Operations Director

'Looking at the season, we're happy with P3 in the Drivers' Championship for Kimi and P4 in the Constructors' Championship for the team. Our target was fourth and we've easily achieved that, but perhaps even more encouraging is that at one stage it looked as if we could challenge for third or maybe even higher. I'm sure Kimi would have rather won the championship but it was certainly a very respectable comeback.'

Kimi Raikkönen

'I didn't really have any expectations for the year, so I think it's been a pretty good season. We've had some good results and we've finished every race. Certainly from a race reliability perspective it's been excellent. I just tried to do my best and to score points of course you have to finish the race. We had a good car and I didn't get involved in too many incidents with other people. In terms of results, it could have been better, but it could have been an awful lot worse. Overall, I'm pretty happy.

It was a busy race and we didn't have the pace we wanted all the time. There was certainly a lot going on. I went off at the last corner on lap 52 as I couldn't see well with my visor being dirty and fogged up. Where I went off you can get back on the track by going through the support race pit lane, but you have to go through a gate. I know this as I did the same thing in 2001 and the gate was open that year. Somebody closed it this time. Next year I'll make sure it's open again.'

Romain Grosjean

'I think I started off the season very well in terms of speed, but there were too many incidents for sure. Some were due to bad luck, but others were through a bit too much aggression on my part; something we worked very hard to put right at the end of the year which has made a big difference. I've learned a lot over this season – probably more than I would have expected – and I've definitely come back as a stronger driver because of that. Overall it's been a rollercoaster year, but a good one for sure. Hopefully there will be many better days to come.'

It was one of the biggest shunts of my career so far – about 9.5g the engineers have told me – so I'm a little bit shaken for sure but otherwise not too bad. Everything was nicely under control at the start of the race then it all ended very suddenly at turn eleven. It was a strange one; I could see it was raining a bit more so I was taking it even easier than on the lap before, then suddenly the car just went from underneath me and that was it. I've not had much luck this weekend and that's definitely not the way I wanted to end the season.'

   Recent Articles
SILVERSTONE CLASSIC ROARS FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH

◾Full preview to the world's biggest classic motor racing festival
◾Special 40th anniversary James Hunt celebrations
◾World Champions and Grand Prix winners in legendary line-up
◾HSCC, Viper and Porsche top milestone track parades
◾Sir Geoff Hurst's Ferrari auctioned on 50th anniversary of his World Cup winning hat-trick
◾All tickets must be purchased in advance

Next week's Silverstone Classic (29-31 July) will build on the enormous success of last year's Silver Jubilee festival. Twe....
MULLIN MUSEUM BRINGING FRANCE'S FINEST TO MONTEREY

The Mullin Automotive Museum to show eight French classics in Monterey, including a 1912 Delaunay-Belleville, Grand Prix cars by Talbot and Delage, two historic Delahayes and a Citroen SM.

Oxnard, Calif. (July 20, 2016) – The Mullin Automotive Museum will bring rare and iconic vehicles to Monterey in mid-August that showcase the engineering, art and elegance that defined the best French automakers from the dawn of the automotive age through the performance era of the early 1970s....
DEREK BELL MBE CONFIRMED FOR NEXT JD CLASSICS BREAKFAST MORNING

◾Legendary racing driver, Derek Bell MBE, will be speaking at JD Classics' next breakfast morning on Sunday 23 October
◾Guests will be welcomed to JD Classics' 100,000 sq/ft site in Maldon, Essex, free to roam the world-class facilities
◾Derek Bell MBE and compere Simon Taylor will take to the stage, reliving some of Derek's most incredible racing stories from Le Mans 24 Hours, in the World Sportscar Championship and in Formula One
◾Exceptionally high demand means tickets are allocated throug....
THE RETURN OF THE ONCE MIGHTY MG METRO TURBOS

◾Touring car hero Patrick Watts readies three pocket rockets for Silverstone reunion
◾Historic return for giant-killing hot hatches after 30-year absence
◾Three more great reasons not to miss Tin Top Sunday at the Classic

For the first time in more than 30 years, three giant-killing MG Metro Turbos will take to the track at the Silverstone Classic later this month (29-31 July).

Adding to the sense of history, the evocative, three-pronged attack is being masterminded by touring car hero P....
JAGUAR SHARPENS ITS CLAWS AT THE CLASSIC

◾Jaw-dropping Art of Performance Tour comes to Silverstone
◾Go drifting in an F-TYPE and take home film of your experience
◾Jaguar XJ14 holds the Silverstone Classic circuit lap record
◾C-types, D-types and E-types all in racing action

Jaguar's racing heritage has always been massively to the fore at the Silverstone Classic but, for the first time, later this month the legendary British manufacturer will be the Official Experiential Partner to the world's biggest historic motor racing f....
A HUGE NUMBER OF VINTAGE CARS HIGHLIGHTED THE WEATHERTECH INTERNATIONAL CHALLENGE WITH BRIAN REDMAN PRESENTED BY HAWK

ELKHART LAKE, Wis., July 17, 2016 - The WeatherTech International Challenge with Brian Redman presented by HAWK vintage event concluded today at Road America after three days of fabulous racing action, exhibitions, concours awards and activities for fans. The event has been heralded as one of the largest vintage racing events in the country, and according to famed driver and assistant competition director, Dorsey Schroeder, it is 'one of the most amazing events of its kind in the world.'

Gr....
2016 British Grand Prix - Sunday

Home race heroics from Hamilton with Nico Rosberg completing a Silver Arrows 1-2
·Lewis today took his 47th career victory – his fourth at Silverstone and fourth of the 2016 season so far
·Nico completed a third Silver Arrows 1-2 of the season in P2
·Nico (171) leads the Drivers' Championship by four points from Lewis (167) in P2
·MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS (338) lead Ferrari (204) by 134 points in the Constructors' Championship
Lewis Hamilton

Best weekend of the whole year! I couldn't believ....
2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R
2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R  2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R  2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R  2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R  2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R  
2017 Infiniti QX70 Limited
2017 Infiniti QX70 Limited  2017 Infiniti QX70 Limited  2017 Infiniti QX70 Limited  2017 Infiniti QX70 Limited  2017 Infiniti QX70 Limited  
2016 Aston Martin AM-RB 001
2016 Aston Martin AM-RB 001  2016 Aston Martin AM-RB 001  2016 Aston Martin AM-RB 001  2016 Aston Martin AM-RB 001  2016 Aston Martin AM-RB 001  
2016 Ferrari SF16-H
2016 Ferrari SF16-H  2016 Ferrari SF16-H  2016 Ferrari SF16-H  2016 Ferrari SF16-H  2016 Ferrari SF16-H  
2016 Force India VJM09
2016 Force India VJM09  2016 Force India VJM09  2016 Force India VJM09  2016 Force India VJM09  2016 Force India VJM09  
2016 Haas VF-16
2016 Haas VF-16  2016 Haas VF-16  2016 Haas VF-16  2016 Haas VF-16  2016 Haas VF-16  
2016 Hyundai Genesis
2016 Hyundai Genesis  2016 Hyundai Genesis  2016 Hyundai Genesis  2016 Hyundai Genesis  2016 Hyundai Genesis  
2016 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400
2016 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400  
2016 Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration
2016 Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration  2016 Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration  2016 Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration  2016 Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration  2016 Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration  
2016 Infiniti QX30
2016 Infiniti QX30  2016 Infiniti QX30  2016 Infiniti QX30  2016 Infiniti QX30  2016 Infiniti QX30