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T-shirt started Lotus row

Lotus Racing reveals that an argument over t-shirts played a key role in its relationship with Proton going sour
Lotus Racing chief executive Riad Asmat has revealed that an argument over the production of t-shirts was behind Group Lotus electing to terminate the naming licence for the F1 team owned by Tony Fernandes.

Group Lotus will withdraw its sponsorship of the team and owners Proton have insisted that the team has no right to use the Team Lotus name in 2011, which the team said it planned to do during the Singapore Grand Prix weekend.

A statement from Lotus Racing insisting that it does have the right to the name revealed that a number of trivial points were behind the decision by Proton to terminate the naming licence with Asmat expanding on those points in an interview with MediaCorp.

"Initially there was good cooperation but then issues cropped up after that and it came to a point where they said we were detrimental to their brand and infringed their rights," he said. "One of these was about producing t-shirts, which we were told did not follow correct procedures and they terminated our agreement about two weeks ago."

Lotus Racing is set to launch High Court action to show it has the rights to use Team Lotus, with the move being crucial due to the fact that not being called Lotus 'puts livelihoods at risk'.


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mike - Unregistered

September 30, 2010 9:54 AM

Proton just do not have guts and innovativeness to have Lotus race in F1 while they have the so called rights of Team Lotus in Group Lotus after all these years. Only fine Lotus Racing is doing fine...Proton wants the bigger slice of the cake. Proton couldn't even compete with other car manufacturers due to their ineffective management and yet they want to run the races. Just sick and tired of Proton and Nadzmi...just go and race with your buses. Congrats to Tony Fernandes..you have my 1 Malaysia support.

Alma - Unregistered

September 30, 2010 9:39 AM

Read this: It emerged last week that Group Lotus has decided to enter feeder categories GP2 and GP3 with ART, and it has now been announced that the carmaker is continuing its Indycar foray in 2011 whilst designing a prototype sports car for the LMP2 category. Group Lotus also said it is upgrading its test track in Norfolk which will be eligible for "F1 testing". "It's important for people to realise just how committed we are to doing our heritage justice," said director of motor sport Claudio Berro. ------ Test track eligible for F1 testing? My suspicion may be correct... I think Group Lotus wants in on the F1 action, but not with Tony Fernandes...



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