F1 » Hunt: Proton, Group Lotus acting like playground bullies

David Hunt, erstwhile owner of Team Lotus, beleives Proton doesn't have a leg to stand on in the battle over naming rights with Tony Fernandes.

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Kiran Patel

November 11, 2010 2:27 PM

Nice one for posting crash.

A very insightful article that shows the politics that has been invoked between all parties by the malicious Proton group. It is a travesty that such a pointless manufacturer can claim to own a true great. Come on Fernandez and Hunt, take these guys down.

Jumper289 - Unregistered

November 11, 2010 2:51 PM

In 1980 I had the opportunity to visit the Lotus Car factory in Norfolk and everyone I spoke to said that Colin Chapman's F1 team was an entirely different entity to them and there was no connection apart from a similar name-so how in God's name Proton can claim ownership of the name is beyond me!!!
PS near me is a local food outlet called the Lotus Restaraunt,should they start crapping themselves?

Gazza - Unregistered

November 11, 2010 2:56 PM

That "pointless manufacturer" owns Group Lotus.

It is not Tony Fernandez' right to promote the Lotus name how he sees fit.

Group Lotus should be more carefull who they hand out licences to?

sixtenths - Unregistered

November 11, 2010 3:49 PM

So, to summarise, Fernandez and Hunt own the rights to the Lotus F1 team, but have been a bit liberal with using the car brand British Racing Green / Gold livery that the now Proton owned Lotus Road Cars are associated with.

Add a large dash of ego, rich Lawyers getting richer...

I have to side with Fernandez, he seems like a decent guy trying to genuinely build a F1 team. His old boss is the opposite, Beardie Branson seems intent on getting cheap advertising unaware how cheap it makes him look.


November 11, 2010 3:59 PM

gazza, correct. proton own lotus, the pointless person trying to hang on to a "team" called lotus, is fernandes, whose has even less right to use the name. he should man up, and call his team f1 malaysia, or team air asia, and create his own heritage. he would be respected more for it.

Alexx - Unregistered

November 11, 2010 4:29 PM

If Hunt owned the Lotus Name and Rights, why didnt Fernandez have to get the licence form him for 2009?

Proton owns the name and Tony has just bought a legal battle that will cost a fortune. He should just rename the team his own brand and invest in that, and not invest in a sinking legal ship!

Leon - Unregistered

November 11, 2010 8:30 PM

It seems very clear to me that James's brother owned Team Lotus since the last century. Look at Pacific in the 90's using the logo on their nose.

Hope that all will be clear to all involved and that it will be present on the beautiful black/gold cars in 2011.

Take the fight like you do on the track!!!

sokudo - Unregistered

November 11, 2010 9:40 PM

i think this is one of those situations where both parties are right. fernandes owns the rights to the team lotus name having bought them from david hunt earlier this year. however, proton and group lotus own the rights to the company and the lotus name that goes with it. so group lotus to me are definitely bullying fernandes for the cheap advertising but the reality of the situation is in 2 different guises, we may see 4 lotuses out there. team lotus and lotus renault :S

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