F1 » Fernandes insists he 'won't drag Lotus brand through the gutter'

As a sponsorship agreement between Group Lotus and Renault appears imminent, Lotus Racing team principal Tony Fernandes assures that he won't risk 'destroying' one of the most iconic brands in motoring history in his naming row with Proton

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almaaaaa - Unregistered

November 17, 2010 3:03 PM

I don't mean to take sides, but it seems that Fernandes is 'the good guy' while Proton are 'the bad guys'.

He has done a good job with the team, I don't see why Proton can't just buy a share in the team or something. Why Renault and not Fernandes' team? Why don't they have a meeting with Fernandes & Co. and come up with a plan for the Lotus brand as a whole?

As Gascoyne said, Proton are just behaving like playground bullies.

sokudo - Unregistered

November 17, 2010 3:40 PM

as far as i'm concerned fernandes has every right to use the 'team lotus' name. he bought the rights from david hunt. proton may well own lotus cars, but they just want the lotus name for publicity so it'll help them when they want into f1 with renault. the late great colin chapman though seperated the f1 team 'team lotus' and the car manufacturer and it seems there are 2 different owners. fact is, fernandes has the right to use 'team lotus' as a name but proton can use 'lotus' as a name. therefore, it looks like we'll have 4 lotus renaults on the grid with 2 different haha. i hope fernandes fights to the bitter end because he is effectively sticking up for the great lotus brand in this situation

JohnnyGP - Unregistered

November 17, 2010 4:02 PM

Sokudo is right. Decades ago Lotus founder Colin Chapman split Lotus into 2 seperate companies, Group Lotus (road cars) and Team Lotus (Racing). They were different entities altogether.
It's quite simple really, Fernandez has bought the rights to Team Lotus. Proton have the rights to Group Lotus.
Therefore Proton are wrong to suggest that Fernandez cannot use the name "Team Lotus", as it's nothing to do with them.


November 17, 2010 4:35 PM

From the count of agrees and disagrees, it seems that Tony has gone about this whole thing with upmost respect to the Team Lotus name and is handling himself very well and most fans seem to like the way he has gone about his debut season. All the previously interested parties in the Team Lotus name, as distinct from the Group Lotus name, seem to back him to run with the team lotus name, so let him do it, especially if the courts back his claim when it is heard next year. Another newcomer, as in Mr Branson, is even going to fulfill his deal with Tony by stewarding on one of the Air Asia flights. Maybe the thing of keeping ones word is coming back into the sport!!

Billy .

November 17, 2010 4:51 PM

Yes so Colin seperated Lotus Cars and Team Lotus into two seperate companies (in the end). The connection wether you like it or not is LOTUS CARS/GROUP LOTUS, the parent company.
THE PARENT COMPANY!!! Get over it.

Bzzzzt - Unregistered

November 17, 2010 5:12 PM

Whoever ends up with the brand, I hope they take note that the best way they can respect its history is to innovate and WIN RACES!

You get a reprieve this year Tony, nobody is going to be fighting for wins their first couple of years, but before long, you won't be respecting Colin Chapman way back there in 10th. Your heritage compells you to fight up there and take on McLaren and Ferrari!


November 17, 2010 5:34 PM

I have made my views known about the use of others names and heritage over these pages, they should be left alone to bask in their glory and not piggyback on.
It is not true or honest that anybody intending/wanting to use such names and heritage intends to resurrect the name or heritage.
But re the latest controversy I believe that Tony Fernandez will lose the case in a court of low, in fact he seems to be willing to drop the name although he is trying to get some money out of the Malaysian government for doing so.

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