Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Prosper, north of Dallas Texas
Look, F-1 fans root either for the driver, the constructor, or in some cases, both. I remember worrying about the Type 72 as teething and reliability troubles plagued Chapman, and rooting for Emerson Fittipaldi, as the 72 was a ground-breaking car for its time. I also recall the classic pairing of Peterson and Andretti....Peterson was a joy to watch, especially in the wet, with car control that rivaled Gilles Villeneuve...sideways through St. Devote going up the hill at Monaco was simply amazing. But those days are gone. Unfortunately.
All that is to say that the Lotus is a Renault, if you go by the engine. The chassis is not from the geniuses at Hethel.
On the other hand, Kimi is his own "brand," and is a pure joy to watch when the car is working properly, whether it is a "Lotus," a "Red Bull" Renault, or even one of those red cars. The car dances in his hands, and for an F-1 fan, that is magic.
If he goes to Fiorano, stays at Lotus, or goes to RB to work with Newey, so be it. We all have the great privilege of watching a terrific talent alongside of Alonso, Hamilton, Button, and even that German guy.....whose name escapes me for the moment.
'A socialist is somebody who will take your flat-screen TV and give it to a family of meth addicts in the backwoods of Vermont.' P.J. O'Rourke
[B][I]2005 Lotus Elise, Laser Blue;2003 BMW M5;2005 JCW Mini Cooper Challenge (Race Car; 2007 Champion);2004 Acura (Race Car; 2011-2012 Series Champion);
1974 Lotus Europa TC Special (sold, for marital harmony);1974 BMW Bavaria;1973 BMW 3.0 CS; Wife's Car - 2012 Mini Cooper...