F1 » Lotus F1: We're under pressure to perform – but we will

Lotus F1 chief technical officer Mike Gascoyne and acting team principal Tony Fernandes acknowledge the weight of expectation upon their shoulders from carrying such an iconic name in 2010 - but give the team time, they insist, and they will surprise...

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racefan - Unregistered

November 20, 2009 11:45 AM

So who is the 'real' Lotus anyway? You'd have to resurrect people out of retirement or from the grave to revive the 'real' Team Lotus.

At the very least the Malaysians are linked directly to the Lotus group via ownership. Any better alternative?

S Fariz - Unregistered

November 20, 2009 12:03 PM

@ HaaHa, you'd be surprised to know how many Malaysians know about Jimmy Clark, about Graham Hill & Mario Andretti, among others at Lotus. I'm Malaysian and the driver I most admire is Gilles Villeneuve. Don't think just because we only had the race since 1999 we don't know a whit about F1!

The Vern - Unregistered

November 20, 2009 12:04 PM

Personally I think they'd gain more credibility coming in under a new name and making a point of how good they are in their own right. The glory days of Lotus in F1 are gone, laid firmly to rest after they put their name against the lamentable "Pacific GP" team (complete with tea tray on the nose).

Wolf in sheeps clothing, a shame as they could well turn out to be a credible team.

racefan - Unregistered

November 20, 2009 1:05 PM

I heard that resurrecting the Lotus name was part of the reason they got the slot. It's actually a burden because of the reputation associated with the name but that was the deal. The F1 powers that be wanted the Lotus name back in F1


November 20, 2009 1:07 PM

That's perhaps a little unfair on the man, JJJ. Pugnacious little so-and-so he undoubtedly is, but his Jordan car got them 3rd in the constructors in '99 (their best-ever season, as I recall) and he did some good work at Benneton / Renault before chasing the big bucks with Toyota. Granted, that wasn't a success, but you have to wonder if anyone could've made much difference in that monolithic organisation, and IMHO their results since Gascoyne was pushed out speak for themselves.
It'll be good to see the Lotus name back on the grid, whatever the financial backing, and they certainly sound like they're up for the challenge!


November 20, 2009 1:50 PM

I think a lot depends on which drivers they sign. If the car's a dog for the first few races, I don't see Trulli being able to do anything with it. Kobayashi, however, will drive the bo77ocks off it, so sign him up already!

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