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Loss of Lotus name would spur us on, says Gascoyne

Mike Gascoyne: If the name was taken away, I think maybe [there would be] a sense of hurt, and then maybe a sense of anger and a desire to get some revenge. I think one thing you could be sure of that our head wouldn't go down, it will lift up and we'll be sure that we'll be beating everyone out on the track as soon as possible.

Team Lotus chief technical officer Mike Gascoyne has insisted that if the squad loses the right to use the Lotus name it won't affect morale.

Indeed Gascoyne added that should Proton and Group Lotus win in the courts then it will only make them all that more determined to do well and get 'revenge'.

“I don't think it will [hit morale if we can't be Team Lotus]. I think there'll be a sense of hurt. I think people don't understand having put so much effort and done such a good job, why it would be taken away,” Gascoyne said in an interview with paultan.org.

“But I know all these guys here. A lot of these guys here moved up to Norfolk, moved their families up here, did so because they wanted to be part of the Lotus project. If the name was taken away, I think maybe [there would be] a sense of hurt, and then maybe a sense of anger and a desire to get some revenge.

“I think one thing you could be sure of that our head wouldn't go down, it will lift up and we'll be sure that we'll be beating everyone out on the track as soon as possible. These are all professional guys who've got great experience in motor racing and I think it would act as a spur to achieve quicker rather than the opposite.”

Gascoyne meanwhile admitted he was disappointed with how the row has broke out between them, Tony Fernandes' Team Lotus, and Proton/Group Lotus, who confirmed plans to enter the sport recently having acquired a major stake in the former Renault F1 team. It means that at the moment there are now two outfits carrying the Lotus name entered for the F1 2011 season.

“I think it is a great shame,” Gascoyne continued. “I think on one level Tony has stressed to everyone that the team is about people in the team and whatever we're called isn't going to change what we are as a team.

“Having said that [though] I think we're all intensely proud of what we've achieved this year as Lotus Racing, bringing the name of Lotus back into F1. That could never be taken away from us, I was born and bred in Norfolk, to me it was a great sense of pride to bring back the Lotus name into F1 and I think we brought tremendous value to the brand, and I think we want to continue to do that.

“It is a great brand it has great heritage and for me Lotus is about engineering. It's about building engineering and racing, racing cars. That's what Team Lotus did, it did it in Norfolk and that's what we've done here in Norfolk and we'll continue to build and race.

“Was Colin Chapman and Lotus about branding a French car as Lotus? I'm not so sure it was. I think Colin Chapman was one of the great innovators in F1 when he brought sponsorship into F1, I think he thought that he'd be receiving it not giving it out.

"But that's for Tony and the shareholders to work on. We feel that we've got the best shareholders in F1. We're very proud to work for them. We're going to repay them by working hard and designing them a quicker car. They can call it anything they like and we'd still be doing that job for them. There is a sense of pride for bringing Lotus back into F1.”

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17.02.2010 Jerez, Spain, Mike Gascoyne (GBR), Lotus F1 Team, Chief Technical Officer - Formula 1 Testing, Jerez, Spain
Barcelona, Spain, Mike Gascoyne (GBR), Team Lotus project manager - Formula 1 Testing, Barcelona
Thursday, Mike Gascoyne (GBR), Lotus F1 Team, Chief Technical Officer

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Nick - Unregistered

December 30, 2010 11:51 AM

Phil Price you are so wrong Gascoyne is one of the nastiest people in F1 he may hood-wink Fernandes but not F1 insiders His performance on the BBC is the profile he wishes to portray but that is the fake side of Gascoyne. He has lost the Lotus name he is now out to discredit Renault who are totaly innocent in this sorry state. Fernandes did his back door deal with Hunt before the British GP, not at the Singapore GP as stated. Lotus cars are a sponsor of Renault F1 they are entitled to have their name in the title of the team. Not so with Fernandes/Gascoyne they rented the name from Lotus cars and claimed Team Lotus heritage. Gascoyne should shut up and concentrate on building a car that wont block the real race cars in F1 but he cant

Nick - Unregistered

January 01, 2011 1:38 PM

Paul you and facts seem to be at odds with reality,Mike and Tony built up respect of the top names in F1 over many years, thats ridiculous Tony Fernandes by his own addmission knew knothing of F1 before meeting Gascoyne. Do you think Gascoyne gets the same respect Adrian Newey, Ross Brawn, Patrick Head all he is remembered for is engineering the biggest failure in the history of F1 for $ converted into points at Toyota F1, Toyota would have been a grat team without Gascoyne. Force India on Gascoynes departure turned their fortunes around into a great team would have nevver happened under Gascoyne. I know Gascoyne from working with him in the past and one thing is certain he is a nasty little man and he will take all he can from Fernandes and sail off into the distance. He is the one who should be investigated for dishonest management

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