F1 » Lotus returns to F1 as FIA muses over a 14-team grid

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Buck Bundy - Unregistered

September 15, 2009 10:28 AM

Exactly how much continuity between the old Lotus F1 team and this lot is there, if any?

Where do they get the rights to use the name? Is it from Lotus cars, who are Malaysian now (AFAIK), or is it from the Chapman family?

The Norfolk base is a nice touch, but with closer links to Bentley (or should I say Audi Jr.) and Toyota than to Ketteringham Hall!

Jim W - Unregistered

September 15, 2009 10:30 AM

Owning the rights to the name Lotus doesn't make this any sort of continuation of the original team. If four blokes bought the rights to be called The Beatles it wouldn't mean anything. And nor does this.

Still, 28 car grids sound good.

Minky - Unregistered

September 15, 2009 10:47 AM

Enzo is dead, so Ferrari is no longer the real Ferrari? Bruce McLaren is dead, so Ron wasted his time. The old Team Lotus went out of business because no one would sponsor them. New people own the Lotus Brand, and have tried to keep Lotus cars alive when no one in Europe would touch the company with a barge pole. Are you saying that all new teams should be named after their new owners? To have lotus back is good news. If Ferrari had left F1, and were coming back after 10 years, the Italians would not say "this is not real," they would be rushing out to buy the team merchandise. If Lotus win again will you be a fan again? Come on Lotus F1, you have at least one Fan in me.

Robsy - Unregistered

September 15, 2009 10:58 AM

Good news that Lotus will be seen again on the grid, even if it is through some convoluted ownership.

Two questions though:

1) Given poor levels of overtaking, especially at some tracks, doesn't 28 cars just mean a longer procession, or more first-corner carnage?

2) How long will it be before Gascoyne falls out with people and leaves in a huff / gets fired? Shall we run a sweepstake?

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