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Lotus Confirm Maldonado & Grosjean for 2014

Discussion in 'Formula 1' started by Jason Noble, Nov 29, 2013.

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    Lotus Confirm Maldonado & Grosjean for 2014

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  2. David O'Reilly

    David O'Reilly
    A bad quali means I can go forwards in the race.

    It saddens me that Hulkenberg possibly/probably in the top 4 drivers on the grid is overlooked for cash by a team that in 2013 has had multiple podiums.
    The commercial model has always required cash from a percentage of drivers but really is this good?
  3. Samuel Fuller

    Samuel Fuller

    I've Never understood why teams go for money over talent. Its false economy. Points mean prizes and broken cars are expensive.
  4. Bruno Sousa Ferreira

    Bruno Sousa Ferreira
    Strategy Mister!

    the thing is guys, that Lotus needs the money now, this sadness me :( for a driving like maldonado given a drive while there is a line full of drivers which would do much better.

    So anyone taking bet's on how many races Lotus gets a double DNF :D
  5. Bram

    Ezekiel 25:17 Staff Premium

    I fear this shows the strength of Lotus next year: When they need the Maldonado funds so hard, I wonder if there is any money at all to develop a proper car? Or is Maldonado paying for the 2013 salary of Raikkonen?

    With this seat also taken, maybe Hulkenberg should just leave F1 and go to the other side of the ocean to win some championships in IndyCar.
  6. Pastor and Romain together for 2014..................................................LORD HELP US!!!
  7. What a waste, I defnitly lost all respect for Lotus F1. For 2014 : Go Ferrari !
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  8. Bit harsh on Grosjean. I thought he improved as a driver in the second half of the season. His DNF's were more due to car reliability issues more than his driving errors.

    Have to agree that the almighty dollar rules in F1. If it didn't Hulkenerg would have been at top team already. When someone like Maldanado gets a seat ahead of Hulkenberg it's a crying shame.
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  9. @Ron Squire <mod-edit: faul language removed> Romain is a good driver and some of the crashes in 2012 are not is fault ! specially Monaco, where if you're not a biased little bitch you would know that it was Schumacher's fault ! and in Spa, Hamilton forced himself when Grosjean was a head of him ! anyways it should be hard to blame somehow who has a crash at the start of the race ! you got over 20 cars in a tight space exceeding 150km/h and at least he didn't crash at the end of a race destroying someones race (which Schumacher did a few time in 2012 and yet he's a 7 time world champion).

    Now you can point a finger at Maldonado ! he's truly reckless and I am sick to the stomach that Lotus signed him... it should have been Hulkenberg.
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  10. Aidan Keranen

    Aidan Keranen
    Play by Play LoL+RL Caster at AussieGamingTV Premium

    why. please Lotus, why.

    ah well, as a Grosjean fan, this isn't bad. He'll get a half decent car. Maybe this Quantum thing will come along soon, and so maybe Nico for 2015 if everything goes to plan.

    But I really question Lotus. If you want to move up the grid anytime soon, you've done a ****ing good job at sending yourselves backwards
  11. Jimlaad43

    Nice apex, I'll take it! Staff Premium

    Would you rather see Lotus with some money to be able to compete well next year and survive, or let them take Hulkenberg and go bust after 5 races. The fact that Quantum hasn't happened is to blame, but remember, Maldonado has won a Grand Prix, and he deserved it...
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  12. Chris Jenkins

    Chris Jenkins
    Driving til the wheels fall off

    This is aimed purely at Maldonaldo, but I don't want to see anyone who's cheque book buys them a seat be successful, as it would justify the whole corrupt money-over-talent theory.

    It's not right!
  13. Chris Jenkins

    Chris Jenkins
    Driving til the wheels fall off

    True, but he's also deserved every once of criticism thrown his way, which far exceeds his one fluke result.
  14. Huge Lotus follower but definitely not a fan of Maldonado. Very disappointing.
  15. As a pay driver, Maldonado is the best Lotus will get. Plus lotus is a company, if they don't make a profit than their is no reason for them to stick in F1, that is why money goes before talent.
    Personally I would have wanted to see either Perez or Hulkenberg in that car but I can't say I am surprised that they picked Maldonado.
  16. *Shakes head*
  17. Martin Maaskant

    Martin Maaskant

    I understand why Lotus went for Maldonado but for F1 that aint a good thing. That man does not belong in F1. I rather seen Hulkenberg in that seat.
  18. Kevin Ascher

    Kevin Ascher
    #47 Roaring Pipes Maniacs

    Where are the Lotus headquarters based? Problems with prostitution laws might occur :O_o:
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  19. David O'Reilly

    David O'Reilly
    A bad quali means I can go forwards in the race.

    When a driver pays for one drive its prostitution.
    When he pays for a whole season he is a porn director.
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  20. Tom

    Staff Emeritus Premium

    A year ago that combination would've been called "Super Crash Bros."...now it's poor Grosjean fighting against windmills in the constructors championship, I doubt Maldonado will contribute a lot. Well, apart from the money of course.
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