F1 » Mike Gascoyne agrees new five-year Lotus deal

In the second of what Tony Fernandes has promised will be a series of exciting announcements over the coming weeks, Mike Gascoyne has pledged his future to Lotus for the next five years - and quite possibly even longer

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JJJ - Unregistered

September 29, 2010 11:25 AM

It would have been more exciting if they had decided to get a new designer instead of this hothead who managed to build a bunch of conservative midfield runners on possibly the highest budget in F1 for Toyoda year after year.


September 29, 2010 11:54 AM

JJJ this incarnation of Lotus just started and they made do with what they had no matter how much money Tony Fernandes put in. At least now with Mike Gascoyne on board who know what can happen next year.


September 29, 2010 1:07 PM

arcuid. gascoyne has been "on board" from the start. so it is hardly exciting news. in fact the opposite. he used a previous poor design to help float lotus, and as long as he is down as designer, lotus, or whatever name they use, will hardly be a force to be reckoned with

Morgan Rees

September 29, 2010 1:34 PM

That's a little hard richard. They started up only late last year (whatever designs MG might have had in his mind/computer), so hardly enough time to make a "toaster". Certainly this year's car is off the pace - they always said it would be - it's a baseline/platform from which to improve. Let's see what next year's car is like before casting stones. Same argument as for Schumacher's performance this year, in fact. Next year should be interesting for all sorts of reasons.


September 29, 2010 1:52 PM

Morgan is right richard. No matter whether Mike was "on board," from the start he had to make do with info he has. Go easy on Lotus will ya! It was way too early to expect too much from them.

JJJ - Unregistered

September 29, 2010 2:20 PM

He has had several years with a humongous budget at Toyoda, but never delivered a car that could win, but even worse, he never produced a car that showed any real ingenuity. In fact the Toyodas were often critisized to be copies of the Ferrari.

If you have a humongous budget yet find yourself lacking in speed, in my view you need to show some guts and come up with something special. like an F-duct or a special diffuser or a rear pullrod suspension when everyone is doing a pushrod. Instead this guy kept churning out conservative stuff for the midfield.

With his signing Lotus signals it aspires to be a midfield runner not an inovative winner like before.

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