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Awesome finish, but yeah, sure hope Kimi stays with Lotus.

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He gets paid nothing like the RedBull and Ferrari teams; my fear now is that Lotus Team will try to retain him by upping salary and diverting even more money from the F1 development program.

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Yeah BABY! That hat gives it away every time.
I got assigned the Williams Team, that's why I was towards the back of the field (15th and 17th).

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4 races in and Lotus is in 2nd in both Team and Driver.

Compared to Ferrari and Red Bull they are also the most consistent, although we risk that Ferrari will shoot ahead if they can stop breaking things.

Average points per race RB 27.25, Lotus 23.25 and Ferrari 19.25 but more telling are the standard deviations denoting spread in scoring race to race, driver to driver, tighter relates to consistency, which is good unless one is consistently last: Lotus 8.1, Red Bull 13.1 and Ferrari 14.4. If Grosjean’s complaints that his early car was not right are true, as it seems validated with his chassis #2 improvement last weekend then Lotus could well move forward with even higher points per race and a tighter spread. Enough to catch Red Bull ???, Enough to fend of a Ferrari surge, lets hope.

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He gets paid nothing like the RedBull and Ferrari teams; my fear now is that Lotus Team will try to retain him by upping salary and diverting even more money from the F1 development program.
Not sure money teams pay the drivers would be all that important at this level. As with most athletes a good portion of income comes through sponsorships. Remember, Kimi left Ferrari which pays very well.

See list shown here...
http://www.crash.net/f1/news/180405/...arns_most.html

Interestingly, Vet isn't the top paid driver. But I'm sure he makes more than what is shown here.

I would think chance at being World Champion goes a long way in the minds of these drivers. Hopefully, Lotus can prove competitive enough to keep top talent. Driver money will follow the title and personality. Kimi is well liked (for the moment), he should be milking this financially.

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This has definitely been a great season to be a Kimi and Lotus fan this year! It is fun knowing that they have a competitive car and are in every race!

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Kimi's placed 4th for the race tomorrow, I'm hoping he can pull a win out! It seems lately like he's a much better racer than qualifier.

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Assuming Lotus keeps their tire management advantage, this second row start should put him in serious contention. I'm also hoping for a top 5 spot for RoGro.
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More points spread on Vettel, that is a win. Unfortunately Ferrari has come out of the break in great form

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Agreed, anything over Seb is good! I'm actually in London now and was only able to catch the end of the race, what happened to RoGro?
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Unfortunately I only caught the last 40ish laps, I missed what happened with Romain.

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RoGro's suspension broke early on in the race (right rear). He limped back to the pit, but it was too damaged to fix. Not RoGro's fault according to this article.

Spanish GP: Lotus rues Romain Grosjean's suspension fault - F1 news - AUTOSPORT.com
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His rear suspension failed...
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Well at least he didn't crash. I was afraid he was back to his old self.
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Alonso had a great race and I'm all for Ferrari over red bull... would've preferred lotus but great showing by kimi...shame about romain bigtime. Hopefully kimi can stay consistent and keep racking up the points! Overall I was happy with the race

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The race was pretty exciting, well until Alonso locked it in. Like said above, I'm glad it was Alonso (or anyone for that matter) and not Vettal. As long as Kimi keeps getting podiums I'm happy. But again with more talk about Kimi leaving Lotus for Redbull, hopefully it's only people stirring the pot.
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Interesting... I feel like I am the only one who hates Alonso and Ferrari!

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RoGro's suspension broke early on in the race (right rear). He limped back to the pit, but it was too damaged to fix. Not RoGro's fault according to this article.

Spanish GP: Lotus rues Romain Grosjean's suspension fault - F1 news - AUTOSPORT.com
So I guess ours is not the only Lotus chassis that suffers form toe-link failure?

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