F1 » Fernandes slates 'bully-boy tactics' and 'branding disaster'

Lotus Racing team principal Tony Fernandes has hit back at Group Lotus CEO Dany Bahar and Lotus Renault GP managing director Eric Boullier - accusing the pair of 'bully-boy tactics' and warning them they are risking a 'branding disaster'

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Roberto - Unregistered

December 17, 2010 4:40 PM

All the rhetoric in the world will not change the situation. Its quite simple Use it-Lotus name. Loose it-Renault engine deal. Fernandes will back down or go back to Cosworth with his tail between his legs.

fish fingers - Unregistered

December 17, 2010 5:31 PM

Fernandes owns the rights to the official Lotus F1 brand..he just needs to ditch the green and yellow and deliberately move forward, mix it with Air Asia colours, hey presto, nice looking car

DD - Unregistered

December 17, 2010 6:02 PM

Fernandes & Gascoyne the rottweiler have done their fare share of bully boy tactics, we only get to see the one face of Frenandes the begging for sympathy face. Its stopped working for him in Asia soon it will stop here, this is all leading up to the fact he will loose the Lotus name or the Renault engine. He thinks he is ahead of the game but the story is out. Hingham has its own version of Wikileaks


December 17, 2010 8:10 PM

fish fingers. pray tell us how fernandes owns the lotus f1 brand. he bought a bit of paper (no assets) of a bankrupt company called "team lotus". nothing else! that certainly is not the "lotus f1" brand.

Jamez - Unregistered

December 17, 2010 8:44 PM

That statement is purely sensible. Fernandes initially claimed that future victories for the team would be a continuation of Team Lotus' record and heritage, and is now going the crowd pleasing route of saying he never wanted to be a continuation of the legacy? And he tries to play the little guy sympathy smokescreen to avoid that glaring self contradiction?

What a stubby, slippery little f*cking liar. Fernandes is losing this one fast. If he had any sense left, he'd re-direct the team's finances to his area of competence. The "branding" game (that he self proclaims expertise in) is a few leagues above bribing the path for Malaysian business ventures. Enjoy the sinkhole, Tony.

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