Those drivers in year one will be veteran Jarno Trulli and coming-man Heikki Kovalainen but, while Fernandes is happy with the line-up, he insists that harmony must again be the important element.
"I think the key thing is that we really are a team, not a group of individuals," he stressed, "The success of Lotus will be as a team. Even with my limited knowledge, if you look at the way Heikki, Fairuz and Jarno work together, I think that is a much better approach than having two drivers trying to out-do each other.
"I think they should use their energy to make the team a better team, and I'd like it to be positive energy. Of course they will be competitive, that's the way they are - they wouldn't be in F1 otherwise - but I think they will use their competitiveness in a positive way to build a better team."