Gastaldi expecting “huge change” at Lotus in 2015


Lotus deputy team principal Federico Gastaldi believes that there will be a positive changes in Lotus F1 Team’s fortunes in 2015 after switching to Mercedes engines for the new season.

The team ended a 20-year partnership with Renault in 2014 after encountering a number of problems with the French marque’s design, which restricted Lotus to just ten points across the course of the year.

For 2015, Gastaldi is predicting better things for Lotus, with a bigger development window and the growing experience of its driver line-up all working in the team’s favor.

“It will be a huge, huge change from last year with this new engine from Mercedes, so for us it’s a fantastic step forward,” Gastaldi said. “Also on the development of the car, we started working very early in the middle of last year. We learned a lot from all the things going through last year, so we are hoping and we are sure to have a very competitive year.

“Romain has been with us for a long, long time, so we know he is a very strong driver. Pastor will have his second year with us. He’s been very, very professional and positive for us. This year will be only better. For us, having Jolyon Palmer as a third driver is a mega plus also. He will be a great talent to have around us.”

2014 may have been a season that Lotus wanted to forget, but Gastaldi feels that the team learned plenty of lessons from such a miserable campaign.

“It was a very very long season where we learned a lot from all of the bad results and bad experiences,” he said. “However, we have a fantastic amount of experience and skilled people within the team, so we’re looking forward to bouncing back this season.”

IndyCar disappointed by delay of video game but aiming to launch at start of 2024

IndyCar video game 2024

An IndyCar executive said there is “absolutely” disappointment that its long-awaited video game recently was delayed beyond its target date, but the series remains optimistic about the new title.

“Well, I don’t know how quick it will be, but the whole situation is important to us,” Penske Entertainment president and CEO Mark Miles said during a news conference Monday morning to announce IndyCar’s NTT title sponsorship. “Motorsport Games has spent a lot of money, a lot of effort to create an IndyCar title. What we’ve seen of that effort, which is not completely obvious, is very reassuring.

“I think it’s going to be outstanding. That’s our shared objective, that when it is released, it’s just widely accepted. A great credit both to IndyCar racing, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, something that our fans love.”

In June 2021, IndyCar announced a new partnership with Motorsport Games to create and distribute an IndyCar video game for the PC and Xbox and PlayStation consoles in 2023.

But during an earnings call last week, Motorsport Games said the IndyCar game had been delayed to 2024 to ensure high quality.

Somewhat compounding the delay is that IndyCar’s license for iRacing expired after the end of the 2022 season because of its exclusive agreement with Motorsport Games.

That’s resulted in significant changes for IndyCar on iRacing, which had provided a high-profile way for the series to stay visible during its 2020 shutdown from the pandemic. (Players still can race an unbranded car but don’t race on current IndyCar tracks, nor can they stream).

That’s helped ratchet up the attention on having a video game outlet for IndyCar.

“I wish we had an IndyCar title 10 years ago,” said Miles, who has been working with the organization since 2013. “We’ve been close, but we’ve had these I think speed bumps.”

IndyCar is hopeful the Motorsports Game edition will be ready at the start of 2024. Miles hinted that beta versions could be unveiled to reporters ahead of the time “to begin to show the progress in a narrow way to make sure we’ve got it right, to test the progress so that we’re ready when they’re ready.”

It’s been nearly 18 years since the release of the most recent IndyCar video game for console or PC.

“(We) better get it right,” Miles said. “It’s something we’re very close to and continue to think about what it is to make sure we get it over the line in due course.”