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GP Week : Issue 195
EDITOR: Kate Walker firstname.lastname@example.org MOTOGP EDITOR: Michael Scott F1 NEWS EDITOR Abhishek Takle TECHNICAL EDITOR Paolo Filisetti RACE EDITOR Trent Price CONTRIBUTING EDITOR Leigh O'Gorman BUSINESS EDITOR Caroline Reid PRODUCTION ARTIST Cedric Dufour PHOTOGRAPHy Sutton Motorsport Images www.sutton-images.com Keith Sutton email@example.com: Mark Sutton, Patrik Lundin, Dirk Klynsmith, Daniel Kalisz PUBLISHER Chris Lambden firstname.lastname@example.org PUBLISHED By: Grand Prix Week Ltd 61 Watling Street, Towcester Northants NN12 6AG United Kingdom ADVERTISING: n Richard Partridge email@example.com Ph: + 44 1273 232 566 Mob: + 44 7771 567 644 n Mark Sutton firstname.lastname@example.org n se Asia, Australasia GPWEEK (Australia) email@example.com .com WEEK The decision by Lotus to sign Heikki Kovalainen (right) as two-race stand-in for the hospital-bound Kimi Raikkonen may have sped up some staff movements, but it has angered the team's designated reserve driver Davide Valsecchi. Caterham only agreed to release Kovalainen if gardening leave for two engineers destined to leave Lotus for Caterham was scrapped. Despite a long-awaited – but yet to be signed – investment agreement from the Quantum Motorsport Group, the enstone racers have lost two more senior staffers from their CFD department: Paul Cusdin and James Crook. Cusdin has worked at enstone since their 2005 championship season, while Crook joined the team in 2010. Cusdin and Crook had earlier this year agreed new contracts with Caterham, but as is traditional in Formula One the two were on gardening leave from their former team to prevent the knowledge transfer of Lotus’ latest initiatives. But thanks to Kimi Raikkonen’s back surgery, and Lotus’ desire to hire Kovalainen as his replacement, Cusdin and Crook have had their contractually enforced waiting periods dropped. The big loser in the affair is Lotus’ reserve driver, 2012 GP2 champion Davide Valsecchi [see interview later in this issue], who was overlooked as a replacement for Raikkonen despite sacrificing a year of racing to be on call for Lotus should either of their drivers be unfit to race. There has been some speculation over the reasons behind the decision to recruit Kovalainen, but it is believed that the fact that Raikkonen’s race engineer is the same Mark slade who engineered for Kovalainen during his two years at McLaren. The team felt that shared history would lead to a smoother transition despite the four years the two men have spent apart. With a decision on their 2014 driver line-up yet to be made and questions about the team’s long-term financial future still unanswered, Lotus cannot afford to lose more staff. The team currently trails Ferrari by just 26 points in the constructors’ standings, and needs the financial boost a second-place WCC finish would provide. HEIKKI DEAL SPEEDS UP ENGINEER MOVE, BUT ANGERS VALSECCHI F1 >>> nEWs 7 GPWEEK.com // 7 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: