F1 » Kovalainen: Lotus 2011 compared to Lotus 2010 'like night and day'

"When comparing the mood in the garage and the team's progress from a year ago, it's like night and day," reveals a bullish Heikki Kovalainen - as Team Lotus prepares to upset the applecart in F1 2011

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February 17, 2011 6:31 PM

interesting that fernandes is now prepared to give up his claim to the "team lotus" name, provided he receives $60m from proton. and he only paid a pittance to hunt! nice piece of profiteering, and it shows now that he doesnt care about the "heritage", but only about what he can get out of it!

q - Unregistered

February 17, 2011 7:13 PM

As it should be said You don't need to be nice, You need to be fast here, well, mixing fast and nice is surely best composition and I belive Heikki is like that:) probably (Lotus name) is about money but this is not Heikki problem. They surely have some decent upgrades in very short time, in second season! many teams were and are for years in coma, so hope they will compete regularly in 10-6 pole.

almaaaaa - Unregistered

February 17, 2011 11:39 PM

@ Richard

Richard, at least PRETEND to act like your using that noodle of yours.

What choice does he have?

Selling the name alone isn't enough, because if you give up the name, you are giving up EVERYTHING that comes with it, MOST IMPORTANTLY sponsorships.

Of course its about money!

Why not Genii call themselves Team Genii or Genii GP?

They are using the Renault name for the same reason that Tony is using the Lotus name.

MG - Unregistered

February 18, 2011 1:03 AM

The best thing about being a new entry is the story of how the team progress. 1st year, they managed to build car that race, 2nd year, they aimed for their 1st point, 3rd year, they challenged midfield team... there something to be celebrate when you get your first things..

1 point is really vital for any bottom teams but 1 point could means trouble for established team....

Ron Miller - Unregistered

February 18, 2011 4:55 AM

So it appears the criticism from Ferrari and others of the new teams coming into F1 certainly was (is) unjust, if their comments can be believed they all are all way ahead in their second year in F1 and still operating on (relatively) low budgets and in the case of Lotus doing it without the use of a wind tunnel.

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