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'Public support' behind Lotus decision

Tony Fernandes says public support was behind the decision to enter the 2011 F1 season as Team Lotus
Lotus team principal Tony Fernandes has said that 'public support' played a key role in the decision to lodge its entry for the 2011 F1 season under the Team Lotus banner.

The team, which has run as Lotus Racing throughout its debut season, revealed plans to switch to the famous Team Lotus name on the weekend of the Singapore Grand Prix after securing the rights to the name from David Hunt – brother of the late F1 champion James.

However, Proton – owners of Group Lotus – then said that Fernandes had no right to use the name as it had never been Hunt's to sell, with the various parties involved in discussions about the situation moving forwards.

With rumours that Group Lotus was looking into a possible tie-up with Renault, Fernandes' hopes of using the Team Lotus name appeared to be at risk although the publication of the official 2011 entry by the FIA has seen the team duly named as Team Lotus.

Posting on the social networking site Twitter, Fernandes revealed that the team had gone with the new name thanks to 'tremendous public support' although he admitted that there is still work to do to resolve the arguments.

“Well we made the call after tremendous support from public,” he wrote. “Team Lotus it is. Sure there will be many battles ahead but Higham is pumped.”


Tagged as: FIA , Renault , Lotus , Tony Fernandes

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almaaaaa

December 02, 2010 2:47 AM

@Paul Kirk Enzo Ferrari isn't with us anymore. Ferrari is fake? And Fernandes' side DOES have lots of support, just because a few people here don't, doesn't mean the world doesn't too. I can see that a lot of fans have Fernandes' side, and I think its a great thing that he is sticking to the Team Lotus name.

Gary - Unregistered

December 01, 2010 10:34 PM

Good Job, Get lost proton with there silly sponsorship deal with renault team, come on the REAl Team Lotus & Gascoigne / Fernandes, regular points next year with red bull rear end...!!!! javascript:insertTextCursor('comment', ':)')



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