F1 » Lotus Renault GP 'will be ready to fight from race one'


Lotus Renault GP managing director Eric Boullier has the weight of history upon his shoulders heading into F1 2011, but he is not worried - and insists his full focus is on the future rather than the past...

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Paul Kirk - Unregistered

January 18, 2011 6:16 AM

I'm sorry, but I don't care who calls themselves Lotus, it'll never be the REAL Lotus run by Collin Chapman who had a hands-on connection with the cars and the running of the team and raceday organization.
It's all total BS!
PK.

Alan D - Unregistered

January 18, 2011 10:26 AM

Paul: "I'm sorry, but I don't care who calls themselves Lotus, it'll never be the REAL Lotus run by Collin Chapman"

That's why Lotus are not calling themselves Team Lotus. They are fully entitled to call themselves Lotus though. They are the ones who have continued making Lotus road cars and keeping that strand of Lotus, founded by Colin Chapman, alive. In Chapman's day it was a sister company to the F1 team and today I'd view it as related to, but not the same as, the real Team Lotus.

Like you, I was an original Lotus fan and I wouldn't regard any team today as a continuation of the Team Lotus heritage. It annoys me greatly to see that some stats files etc count the Fernandes team as having had 480+ starts.

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Alan D - Unregistered

January 18, 2011 10:29 AM

I actually feel much the same way about teams like Mercedes. If a factory team leaves the sport for several decades and then comes back, how can they pick up where the record books left off. If people are going to keep records on how many races a team has competed in, won, etc, I'd rather they kept it by DNA, i.e. today's Mercedes, Brawn GP, Honda etc were all one team in my eyes, and not a continuation of the "Silver Arrows" of the the past.

richard

January 18, 2011 2:09 PM

alan, totally agreed. and to complicate things further, vw group are saying that if they come back to f1 (they were pushing for the 1.6 turbos), then it will be with audi. so as auto union were also "silver arrows", will there be a dispute between merc and audi??

firestorm - Unregistered

January 18, 2011 3:19 PM

Wow!If R31 will be such fast,to try to win since in his first race,we will have an unprecedent F1 championship.Five teams(Ferrari,McLaren,Mercedes,Red Bull and Lotus-Renault)claiming the title until the few final races of the season.I hope that will be so, but I am sceptic for the real chances of Mercedes and Renault.I predict that as usually Ferrari and McLaren will give us something really to cheer.

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