Vital F1 - Lotus & Hispania making progress
Vital Login
Social Login

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's F1, It's Vital'

Lotus & Hispania making progress

Looking further down the grid from the headline grabbers and probable title contenders for 2011, the Lotus and Hispania teams have looked to have made good progress heading into the forthcoming season.

This season, hopefully the sports “new teams” like Lotus, Virgin and Hispania can close the gap on the other teams in the paddock.

At times last season the new cars were almost like a Formula B race, with the only thing in common between them and the more established teams were the same bit of race track that they shared at the start of a race or on multiple occasions when they were lapped.

The sport needs to see these new teams develop and while it remains unlikely that they will be challenging for points on regular occasions, they will hopefully take a step forward in their development.

On Sunday Jarno Trulli was sixth quickest for Lotus, showing that their new car might have improved it’s pace from the 2010: 'I'm happy because it was a long time that we were not so close to the guys at the top. I'm really happy at the moment about the way we are progressing. he told Autosport Magazine.

But while the Italian was happy with his new toys speed, he did admit that there was still work to be done as reliability issues have prevented them from completing the long run tests that other teams are now working on in Barcelona. ”We need to work, we need to get the mileage done, in order to have more confidence in the car and also, set-up wise, we haven't done much so I think we are on the right way but we still have a lot to get out of the car.'

Over at Hispania and not only are they testing their new car, but they are also looking at who will become their second driver, with Narain Karthikeyan already secured in the team.

On Saturday Vitantonio Liuzzi had 70 laps in the car, setting a time of 1 minute 27.044, 3.729 seconds behind Red Bull’s Vettel, who had set the fastest time of the day.

Speaking to after Saturday’s testing, Hispania team boss Colin Kolles discussed Liuzzi’s performance: “It was nice to see Tonio driving for us today, our aim was none other than to have him get used to the car. We tested different settings on the car balance during both sessions and, looking at the times, we clearly improved as the day went on. We are very happy with Tonio’s work today.”

On Sunday it was Giorgio Mondini turn to run tests in Barcelona. Following Karthikeyan’s 32 laps, Mondini ran 39 laps and was a smidgen over 5 seconds slower than Rosberg’s Mercedes.

Karthikeyan’s times were a further 2 seconds behind, but he did run in the wet.

'I was very pleased to see Giorgio driving, His last time in an F1 car was in 2006 and it was nice to give him the opportunity to drive at this level again. I'm pleased to see he was setting a good pace.' Kolles said after Sunday’s test session to Autosport Magazine

Today both teams will look to continue that progress, while Liuzzi is likely to hold talks over securing the second seat in Hispania alongside Karthikeyan.

With Mondini almost using his laps on Sunday as a fitness test, Liuzzi has to be favourite to secure that drive, but as keen followers of Formula One will know, it's not always the best talent that secures drives in F1 so we will have to wait and see.

Join Vital F1

It's easy to join up and join in on, simply click the link and enjoy getting involved!

If you are already a member of Vital Football, your logins will automatically work on!

The Journalist

Writer: Red5 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday February 21 2011

Time: 9:45AM

Your Comments

Lotus won't be making any progress today, Trulli crashed and they've packed up and gone home.
Push The Button

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Vital F1 Articles

2015 - Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - FP2 (Friday November 27 2015)

2015 - Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - FP1 (Friday November 27 2015)

One final duel for 2015 (Thursday November 26 2015)

Blog: Abu Dhabi Preview (Thursday November 26 2015)

Former FIA boss slams Ferrari (Wednesday November 25 2015)

Renault takeover deal pretty much done (Tuesday November 24 2015)

Who will win in Abu Dhabi? (Monday November 23 2015)

Ferrari expect to beat Mercedes in 2016 (Friday November 20 2015)

Button belief in McLaren (Thursday November 19 2015)

Lowe defends Mercedes stance (Wednesday November 18 2015)

Mercedes bashing after boring Brazil (Monday November 16 2015)

Blog: Brazilian GP Report (Monday November 16 2015)

2015 - Brazil GP - Race (Sunday November 15 2015)

Blog: Interlagos Qualifying (Saturday November 14 2015)

2015 - Brazil GP - Qualifying (Saturday November 14 2015)

2015 - Brazil GP - FP3 (Saturday November 14 2015)

2015 - Brazil GP - FP2 (Friday November 13 2015)

2015 - Brazil GP - FP1 (Friday November 13 2015)

Blog: Interlagos Preview (Friday November 13 2015)

Magnussen missed out on Haas drive (Thursday November 12 2015)

Pirelli set for 12 hour Abu Dhabi test (Wednesday November 11 2015)

Susie Wolff set to retire (Tuesday November 10 2015)

Who will win in Brazil? (Monday November 9 2015)

Raikkonen points finger at Bottas (Thursday November 5 2015)

Mateschitz slams F1 engine suppliers (Wednesday November 4 2015)

Did Mercedes clip Hamilton's wings? (Wednesday November 4 2015)

Blog: Mexican GP Report (Monday November 2 2015)

2015 - Mexico GP - Race (Sunday November 1 2015)

Blog: Mexico City Qualifying (Sunday November 1 2015)

2015 - Mexico GP - Qualifying (Saturday October 31 2015)

2015 - Mexico GP - FP3 (Saturday October 31 2015)

2015 - Mexico GP - FP2 (Friday October 30 2015)

2015 - Mexico GP - FP1 (Friday October 30 2015)

Best of the rest battle it out (Friday October 30 2015)

FIA open tender for customer engines (Friday October 30 2015)

Blog: Mexico City Preview (Thursday October 29 2015)

Palmer gets F1 race seat for 2016 (Wednesday October 28 2015)

Who will win in Mexico (Tuesday October 27 2015)

Blog: US GP Report (Monday October 26 2015)

2015 - USA GP - Race (Sunday October 25 2015)

Blog: Austin Qualifying (Sunday October 25 2015)

2015 - USA GP - Qualifying (Sunday October 25 2015)

2015 - USA GP - FP3 (Sunday October 25 2015)

2015 - USA GP - FP2 (Friday October 23 2015)

2015 - USA GP - FP1 (Friday October 23 2015)

Vettel confirms penalty (Friday October 23 2015)

Renault bring upgraded engine to USA (Thursday October 22 2015)

Blog: Austin Preview (Wednesday October 21 2015)

Magnussen dumped on birthday by McLaren (Tuesday October 20 2015)

Who will win the USA? (Monday October 19 2015)

One hand on the title for Hamilton (Friday October 16 2015)

Mercedes celebrate back-to-back titles (Thursday October 15 2015)

Pirelli deal done until 2019 (Wednesday October 14 2015)

Blog: Russian GP Report (Sunday October 11 2015)

2015 - Russian GP - Race (Sunday October 11 2015)

Blog: Sochi Qualifying (Saturday October 10 2015)

2015 - Russian GP - Qualifying (Saturday October 10 2015)

2015 - Russian GP - FP3 (Saturday October 10 2015)

2015 - Russian GP - FP2 (Friday October 9 2015)

2015 - Russian GP - FP1 (Friday October 9 2015)

Blog: Sochi Preview (Thursday October 8 2015)

Ecclestone expects F1 to be sold (Wednesday October 7 2015)

Who will win in Russia? (Monday October 5 2015)

Manor secure Mercedes power for 2016 (Thursday October 1 2015)

Button to stay at McLaren in 2016 (Thursday October 1 2015)

Grosjean to join Haas in 2016 (Thursday October 1 2015)

Letter of intent signed for Lotus buy-out (Tuesday September 29 2015)

Where were Mercedes in Japan? (Monday September 28 2015)

Blog: Japanese GP Report (Sunday September 27 2015)

2015 - Japan GP - Race (Sunday September 27 2015)

Blog: Suzuka Qualifying (Saturday September 26 2015)

2015 - Japan GP - Qualifying (Saturday September 26 2015)

2015 - Japan GP- FP3 (Saturday September 26 2015)

2015 - Japan GP - FP2 (Friday September 25 2015)

2015 - Japan GP - FP1 (Friday September 25 2015)

Perez to stay with Force India (Thursday September 24 2015)

Blog: Suzuka Preview (Thursday September 24 2015)

McLaren ready for financial shortfall (Wednesday September 23 2015)

Button expected to announce retirement (Wednesday September 23 2015)

It's Ferrari or Bust for Red Bull Racing (Wednesday September 23 2015)

Maldonado to stay, Grosjean to leave? (Tuesday September 22 2015)

Archived Vital F1 Articles

List All Vital F1 Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Red5 1066
2. DJ 996
3. The Fear 773
4. Villaininthemerde 612
5. johnkelv 583
6. Druss_the_Legend 551
7. Push The Button 466
8. col8 334
9. The Intimidator 176
10. __villa__ 145

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Who will win in Abu Dhabi?
Hamilton 40%
Rosberg 20%
Vettel 20%
Raikkonen 10%
Someone else 10%