F1 » David Richards linked to Lotus Renault GP takeover – again

Prodrive chairman David Richards is reputedly eyeing a potential takeover of the financially struggling Lotus Renault GP outfit - and Giedo van der Garde could come as part of the deal

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Taz - Unregistered

September 01, 2011 1:29 PM

Richards and prodrive should be in F1 right quite frankly, Max inexplicably choose HRT over them (if the committee that choose the new teams was truly independent and impartial then I'll eat my own feet).

And then the customer car row before that prevented them entering the sport.

The team does seem in genuine turmoil, booting out Boullier (who's plummeted in my estimations) and co might not be a bad thing, fundamentally they are a good team and know how to win.

Max is long gone now so lets see what happens.


September 01, 2011 2:08 PM

@Taz: I totally agree. Although Virgin/Manor is doing a bit worse than HRT, I cant understand how is it that people with little experience were chosen over others with (by far) more experience. I think Max was looking at the "Commercial" side.

Oh dear,.... I so do not want to be in Petrov's or Senna's shoes right now


September 01, 2011 3:10 PM
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Apparently Richards last failed attempt to get onto the grid was because one of the conditions were that he used Cosworth engines, he turned BAR into a team before Honda thought they could do a better job, hope he can get back in because he unlike quite a few of F1's number crunchers has 'lived' motorsport.


September 01, 2011 4:21 PM

This is just Weird.. blzbub, Try reading some F1 History..
Yep he did a super job at BAR/Honda..Really?
As soon as the season ended Honda FIRED his ass.
Called him to the board meeting in Japan declared him
persona non grata shipped the old bounder out of the country.

Mr. David Richards is nothing but a lying, Mack Daddy con man.
As long as Old Bernie is pulling the strings in F1 David Richards will
never be a player.

This whole article is nothing but some 'Who Shot John' BS.
Sorry CRASH my opinion..


Paul P - Unregistered

September 01, 2011 4:44 PM

Badman Jose will be the only person posting here to actually know David Richards. The masses of fans that get sucked in by the hype that surrounds that man only seem to grow: ask the people he does business with...how many of the people he's working with today are long-term partners, and of those, how many spend way too much time working out how to break their agreements with him/Prodrive

The guy has made a full time job out of creating 'Prodrive ready for F1' stories?


September 01, 2011 5:28 PM

Jose and paul p, i do not personally know dave richards, however your descriptions of him make him sound like bernie ecclestone, and jose, from the craig pollock/jaques villeneuve plaything for playboys richards took over and made them into the second best team in two years, as Taz has pointed out, they didnt do too well once they removed the bearded mack daddy did they.

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