Daily Archive: September 27, 2010

Sep 27

Proton’s clarification on the purchase of “Lotus” brand by Tony Fernandes

Proton’s clarification on Lotus brand

ProtonGroup Lotus plcThere is and always has been only one Lotus, the Lotus started by Colin Chapman. From the beginning Lotus made road cars and raced racing cars. Until 1994, Group Lotus, the road car manufacturer and Team Lotus, which operated the Formula 1 team, were in common ownership with common directors. In 1994, Team Lotus failed and Lotus has not raced since. Since 1994, David Hunt has claimed to have acquired assets of Team Lotus, including its name, from the liquidator. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 27

Proton says Fernandes may not call F1 team ‘Lotus’

“Mr Hunt’s attempt to acquire the name Team Lotus (in the 90s) was ineffectiv,”- Proton

2010-07-11 - Lotus F1 Racing - Tony FernandesMalaysian carmaker Proton on Monday vowed to challenge Tony Fernandes’ intention to brand his formula one team ‘Team Lotus’ in 2011 and beyond. In 2010, airline millionaire Fernandes’ new team has been called ‘Lotus Racing’, with the name officially licensed by the separate British carmaker Group Lotus. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 27

Korea insists F1 track will be ready for inspection, race (updated)

“We will have no problem in hosting the race on October 24”
F1 teams concerned about Korea GP fate

Korean Grand PrixRace organisers hit back on Monday amid widespread reports the inaugural Korean grand prix was in real danger of being called off. F1 teams, media and personnel are concerned that – despite FIA rules requiring a final track inspection 90 days before a new event – the uncertainty about Korea is still growing just three weeks before they are due to fly to the east Asian nation. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 27

Scare for McLaren in new front wing’s transit

“It is a bit different” – Neale 

2010-09-26 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Jenson Button 4A striking new front wing for McLaren’s 2010 car almost didn’t make it to the Singapore circuit at the weekend. Managing director Jonathan Neale travelled from the team’s Woking headquarters to the Asian city-state with the brand new pieces in his luggage. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 27

Massa’s ninth engine used as precaution – Ferrari

Criticism for Massa after saying title chances over

2010-09-26 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Felipa Massa 1Felipe Massa’s engine usage for the 2010 season ticked over to a ninth unit in Singapore, resulting in a grid penalty. That news alone could be interpreted as a potential threat to the title chances of his teammate Fernando Alonso, who is now just 11 points behind leader Mark Webber having won the past two races from pole. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 27

Force India missing Sauber-departed Key – Sutil

Force India is already missing the input of its departed technical director James Key.

2010-09-26 - Force India - Vitantonio Liuzzi 02The team is locked in a close battle with Williams for sixth and seventh places in the constructors’ championships, which some analysts believe is worth $5 million. Force India has had some difficult races recently, including in Singapore, where Adrian Sutil and Vitantonio Liuzzi qualified on the 8th and 9th rows of the grid. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 27

Singapore was ‘one-off’ race for HRT – Klien

“Anything else is not in my hands.”

2010-09-26 - HRT F1 Team - Christian Klien 00Singapore was a “one-off” stint at the wheel of team regular Sakon Yamamoto’s car, HRT reserve driver Christian Klien said after Sunday’s night race. Despite the struggling Spanish team saying Yamamoto was sidelined due to food poisoning, Klien’s graduation to the race seat coincided with the arrival of the logo of a new Austrian sponsor on the Cosworth-powered car. Read the rest of this entry »