F1 » Fernandes: Lotus F3 unlikely


Lotus F1 boss Tony Fernandes is keen to foster relations with development teams as the famous marque makes its grand prix return, but insists that he has no plans to branch out as a car builder.

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Commodore S - Unregistered

February 15, 2010 1:03 PM

This bloke appears really pleasant and down to earth and knows where his expertise starts and ends.

No Corporate ego despite his stance.

Interesting to see if he has the same outlook at seasons end.

John Mansfield - Unregistered

February 16, 2010 10:31 AM

It is interesting to see that Tony is not moving the project to Malaysia in the near future.
Most of the design is done in Cologne by the 'Toyota' team. What are they doing in Norfolk? Is it a corporate headquarters, whilst Cologne is the technical centre?
Where does Tony intend to set up his training centre? Cologne? Norfolk? Malaysia?
John Mansfield Motorsport University Malaysia strategist

Groagun - Unregistered

February 16, 2010 3:50 PM

This still isn't Lotus! I don't know or have ever met Mr. Fernandez but I don't care. He is not Lotus and I maintain that this group is taking the name into places it has no business going. It's a shame Proton has leased out the name Lotus to this group.

TheFlyingPig - Unregistered

February 16, 2010 10:11 PM

No, Lotus it's not, but having said that they certainly seem to be going about things in the right way. They look to have a more professional attitude than the rest of the newcomers. It also sounds like Mr Fernandez is in it for the long haul rather than the fast buck which I suspect may result in a longer term commitment to F1 than Virgin, their obvious rivals. It's all speculation though until Bahrain but personally I hope to see Lotus (even if it is only in name) mixing it with some of the established teams. Good luck Mr Fernandez! And Groagun, the shame is in the fact that the name "Lotus" ever fell into the hands of Proton in the first place.

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