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It’s Time for Lotus F1 to Stop Joking Around and Get Serious

It is easy, given their astronomical success over the last four years, to forget that Red Bull Racing were once considered the “party team” of Formula One. That's not our term—that's theirs. They owned an extravagant hospitality unit and hosted the finest social gatherings in the paddock—but on the track? Almost anonymous. This was, after all, a team that openly planned to alternate two drivers, Christian Klien and Vitantonio Liuzzi, to partner David Coulthard at the beginning of their debut season in 2005, signed one-race partnerships with the latest Hollywood blockbusters and was beaten by their own B team, Toro Rosso, in 2008.  Plenty of style, but little in the way of substance. As Lotus, Red Bull's Ren...

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