F1 » Gascoyne perplexed by Group Lotus opposition

As the Lotus Racing/Team Lotus/Group Lotus naming row escalates, Mike Gascoyne admits it would be 'a great shame' if those who 'brought the Lotus name back to F1 and did it proud' were to lose it again in 2011

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November 23, 2010 1:36 PM

gascoyne must be the only person perplexed as to why a firm wants to retain its rights to its name!

but to add more mystery, it has been reported elsewhere, that the team will be entered as "proton f1" next year

Powerline 2008 - Unregistered

November 24, 2010 2:46 AM

Gascoyne & Tony don't get the picture. Proton wants a local guy that fit their image to run the show. These 2 don't fit that image. Having done business in Malaysia before, it's always about the politics, the race & the religion. Get it?

almaaaaa - Unregistered

November 24, 2010 3:54 AM

@ Powerline 2008

Because Tony Fernandes isn't Malaysian?

Nonsense aside, I think its quite the opposite, and that Group Lotus doesn't want the Malaysian image on the car, and wants it to have a British image.

Doug - Unregistered

November 24, 2010 9:57 AM

Am I the only one who thinks it outrageous that Proton are throwing their weight about in this manner?

They do not have any claim to any of the Lotus heritage. They bought into it, and only into the road-car producing part of it at that. Their use of the 'heritage and tradition' rhetoric is pretty disgusting to me and reeks of a money-spinning objective rather than true respect to the history of Lotus.

By contrast, Tony Fernandes' and Mike Gascoyne's efforts this year have been deeply impressive and they truly appear to have a genuine passion for the Lotus tradition. They sought the blessing of the Chapman family before bringing the Lotus name back into F1 and they recieved it. It would be a great shame for Proton's corporate opportunism and cynicism to wreck all that after only 1 season.

Makes me livid.

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