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Lotus courts Petronas, Yoong

The new Malaysian-owned Lotus F1 team is believed to be chasing a sponsorship deal with Petronas – the current backers of BMW-Sauber.

Having secured a slot on the grid for the 2010 season – at BMW-Sauber's expense – Lotus is now working on putting together its programme for a return to the sport, with talks taking place with state owned oil company Petronas about being involved.

“We would love Petronas to sponsor us,” Lotus boss Tony Fernandes was quoted as saying over the course of the weekend in Singapore.

As well as courting Petronas, Lotus is also believed to have offered a role to Malayasian ex-F1 driver Alex Yoong – who was a guest with the team in Singapore.

In an update to his Facebook page, the former Minardi driver stated that he had been 'offered a job with Lotus F1' before adding that the role within the team was 'not for driving as it would send out all the wrong message'.

Yoong added that the drivers chosen have to be the best that could be found.



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James - Unregistered

September 28, 2009 3:20 PM

@ Rozza Yoong said the role he was offered wasnt a driving role. He also said "the drivers chosen should be the best that can be found" and that him taking a driving role would "send out the wrong message". I admire him for saying that, he knows he isnt quite F1 standard and has admitted it by saying that. At least that shows he isnt big headed and full of sh*t like a lot of other drivers

Jacob F173 - Unregistered

September 29, 2009 9:35 AM

Yoong drove a crap car in F1, and with Minardi's limited resources, didn't get the updates Webber did. I'm not saying he's as good as Webber, but give him a break. The guy did well enough in A1GP, and anyway, it's not a driver role they're talking about. On a sidenote, it's great to have Lotus back, who cares if different people own the company, it's still a great brand for F1 and I wish them all the best.



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