Tag Archive: AirAsia

Sep 06

Fernandes happy to have sold Caterham

Tony Fernandes has broken his silence to reveal it is “a relief” to have left formula one.

Tony Fernandes The entrepreneur, best known for his Malaysian low-cost airline Airasia, recently sold the Leafield based Caterham team to mysterious Swiss-Middle Eastern investors led by Colin Kolles and Christijan Albers. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 01

Fernandes to confirm Caterham team sale this week

But now, team sources are spilling the beans behind the scenes.

IMG_5846 Ever since team founder and main backer Tony Fernandes departed Twitter with the message “F1 hasn’t worked”, Caterham has been officially silent. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 27

Fernandes hints at Caterham exit

The AirAsia chief has been conspicuously absent from the paddock in 2014

2014-01-26 - Caterham F1 Team - Tony Fernandes 01 Just before closing down his high-profile Twitter account on Friday, Malaysian entrepreneur Tony Fernandes hinted he is pulling out of F1. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 25

Renault ends road car deal with Caterham

Renault is not giving up on “reviving its Alpine brand”

Alpine 36 Le Mans 2013 Caterham and its F1 engine partner Renault have reportedly axed a joint venture to produce road-going sports cars. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 27

French government honours Tony Fernandes with Commander of the Legion d’Honneur award (updated)

Yesterday at the Elysée Palace in Paris, France

Tony FernandesThe French government has conferred Tony Fernandes, Group CEO of AirAsia and Co-Chairman of Caterham Group with the Commander of the Legion d’Honneur award, signifying Fernandes’s outstanding contributions towards the economy of France through the aviation industry. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 15

To Philippines With Love #toPHwithlove

“Our hearts go out to everyone affected by this tragedy.” – Tony Fernandes

10 - Team CaterhamCaterham F1 Team are running special “To Philippines With Love #toPHwithlove” branding on the CT03 racecars at the US and Brazilian Grands Prix to support a special AirAsia donation and relief campaign benefiting the communities affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan which recently devastated The Philippines.

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May 17

Caterham Racing welcomes EQ8 As Title Sponsor

EQ8 will be racing around the world with EQ8 Caterham

EQ8 Becomes Title Sponsor of Caterham RacingEQ8, the natural energy drink, has increased its support for GP2 team Caterham Racing and is now the team’s title sponsor with the team being renamed EQ8 Caterham Racing with immediate effect. Read the rest of this entry »

May 01

Caterham not affected by owner’s football woes – report

“The two businesses have always been run separately”

2013-03-15 - Team Caterham - AustraliaTeam owner Tony Fernandes’ struggling football club will not affect his formula one team Caterham, an insider has insisted. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 06

Caterham and Renault to produce Alpine sports cars

Caterham and its F1 engine supplier Renault have joined forces to produce road-going sports cars.

Renault and Caterham group announce a partnership to design and build sports vehiclesAt the announcement attended by Caterham team boss Tony Fernandes and Renault chairman Carlos Ghosn in Paris, it was announced that the collaboration will produce “distinctive” cars from the Renault-owned Alpine factory in Dieppe, Normandy. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 05

Renault and Caterham Group announce a partnership to design and build sports cars

This agreement reflects a similar passion and expertise in sports and motorsports vehicles

Renault and Caterham group announce a partnership to design and build sports vehiclesRenault and Caterham Group today announced their decision to join forces in pursuit of a common project: to design develop and build future sports vehicles. The future vehicles will be distinctive, differentiated, and carry the respective DNA of Alpine and Caterham Cars, the automotive division of Caterham Group. They will be built at the Alpine plant in Dieppe, Normandy, in France. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 22

Fernandes to ‘eventually’ step down as Caterham boss

Caterham owner Tony Fernandes has admitted the team’s latest recruit could “eventually” take over as boss.

2011-05-22 - Team Lotus - Spain - Tony Fernandes 012011-04-16 - Team Lotus - China - Bernie Ecclestone - Tony FernandesThe team announced on Friday that Cyril Abiteboul, until now the deputy managing director at engine supplier Renault, has signed up as Caterham’s chief executive. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 14

Petrov ‘as good as Trulli’ says Caterham boss

Petrov insists Alonso also a ‘pay-driver’

2012-02-24 - Team Caterham - Vitaly Petrov 0012012-02-24 - Team Caterham - Vitaly Petrov 04Caterham’s team boss insists Vitaly Petrov is just as good as the experienced grand prix winner he replaced. Just ahead of the 2012 season, Malaysian entrepreneur Tony Fernandes decided to oust former Monaco grand prix winner Jarno Trulli with Russian Petrov, the well-sponsored Russian and former Renault driver. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 19

Rossi ready for next step after F1 test with Team Lotus

Alexander Rossi impressed with Team Lotus F1 test and ready for next step in his career

2011-11-19 - Team Lotus - Abu Dhabi - Alexander Rossi (6)2011-11-19 - Team Lotus - Abu Dhabi - Alexander Rossi (1)American, Alexander Rossi was pleased with his first full day with Team Lotus in the T128-04 at ‘Yas Marina Circuit. The American driver supported by AirAsia and Team Lotus drove last weekend at ‘Yas’ for Caterham AirAsia in the GP2 finale where he is finished 13th and 7th. Rossi is a graduate from World Series by Renault in 2011, finishing 3rd overall in championship with 2 wins and 7 podiums.

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Sep 21

GP2 test for JK Racing Asia Series winner

JK Racing Asia Series Champion to get GP2 test with Caterham Team AirAsia

JK Racing Asia Series logoJK Racing Asia SeriesThe winner of the JK Racing Asia Series 2011 season will receive a GP2 test in the Caterham Team AirAsia GP2 car, it was announced. The test will take place during the official GP2 pre-season tests in 2012, at a date and venue to be announced later.

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Sep 11

Fernandes hints at Team Lotus name change

Tony Fernandes has hinted strongly that he will drop the Team Lotus name for his formula one team ahead of the 2012 season.

2011-05-07 - Team Lotus - Turkey - Tony Fernandes - Mike Gascoyne2011-05-21 - Team Lotus - Spain - 02The Malaysian entrepreneur has been locked in a bitter dispute with Renault sponsor Group Lotus but won the legal right to keep deploying the name for his Hingham-based team. But Fernandes, also the owner of the AirAsia airline, has subsequently bought the British specialist sports car maker Caterham and renamed his GP2 team Caterham Team AirAsia.

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Sep 08

Fernandes returns to pitwall at Monza

Tony Fernandes will be back on the pitwall this weekend at Monza.

2011-07-24 - Team Lotus - Germany - Riccardo - Tony Fernandes2011-05-22 - Team Lotus - Spain - Tony Fernandes 01The Team Lotus boss was missing in Hungary and Belgium as he concluded the takeover of the London football club Queens Park Rangers and focused on his Malaysian airline AirAsia.

“I am delighted to be back on track after missing a couple of races due to what has probably been the busiest summer of my working career,” said Fernandes.

source: GMM

Sep 06

AirAsia pledges further support for American driver Alexander Rossi in World Series by Renault

Alexander is currently the senior driver for the AirAsia Team Lotus Driver Development Programme

WSR - Alexander Rossi - Air AsiaWSR - Alexander Rossi - Fortec MotorsportsTeam Rossi Motorsports is proud to confirm further support for American driver Alexander Rossi by Tony Fernandes, Group CEO of AirAsia and his low-cost airline.

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Jun 13

Team Lotus confirms wind tunnel deal with Williams F1 (updated)

Team Lotus expands wind tunnel program

2011-06-11_03612011-06-11_0294Team Lotus has confirmed today that it is expanding its wind tunnel operations having confirmed a deal with Williams F1 to use one of the Grove based team’s two wind tunnels from September 2011. Team Lotus will now be running a two tunnel programme, with the Aerolab facility in Italy working in conjunction with the Williams F1 site in the UK while work continues on the team’s own wind tunnel at Hingham. When that facility is operational all activity will be transferred to the team’s own site. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 04

Tony Fernandes bestowed Panglima Setia Mahkota

By Yang Di-Pertuan Agong

2011-04-09 - Team Lotus - Malaysia - 012011-05-22 - Team Lotus - Spain - Tony Fernandes 01Team Lotus Team Principal, AirAsia Group CEO, Tune Group Founder and Malaysia’s iconic entrepreneur Tony Fernandes was conferred the Panglima Setia Mahkota (PSM) which carries the title Tan Sri by Yang Di Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin in conjunction with His Majesty’s official birthday today in Malaysia. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 28

Lotus boss Fernandes renaming GP2 team Caterham

A clear hint about Team Lotus’ plans for its new acquisition Caterham Cars is boss Tony Fernandes’ GP2 squad.

Team Lotus 2011-04-27Caterham cars logoThe Malaysian millionaire told reporters as the tie-up with the niche British sports car maker was announced that his GP2 team, currently called AirAsia, will soon be renamed after Caterham. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 21

Team Lotus owner Fernandes to buy carmaker Caterham – report

Team Lotus could be set to tie up with Caterham Cars, a famous British specialist sports car marque.

2011-04-16 - Team Lotus - China - Bernie Ecclestone - Tony FernandesSky News City’s business editor Mark Kleinman, who broke the News Corp/Slim takeover reports, said the F1 team’s boss Tony Fernandes is likely to confirm next week that he has bought the Lotus-linked manufacturer. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 20

Stewardess Branson to finally honour losing bet

“Who would have thought my mentor will be serving as a flight attendant on AirAsia?”

2010-11-14 - Lotus F1 Racing - Sir Richard Branson - Tony Fernandes 22010-11-14 - Lotus F1 Racing - Sir Richard Branson - Tony Fernandes 1A sure date has finally been set so that billionaire Sir Richard Branson can honour a losing bet by becoming an air stewardess. Last November, the Virgin team figurehead left Abu Dhabi with a sexy red AirAsia stewardess uniform, after he and Lotus chief Tony Fernandes – also an airline owner – wagered on which of their teams would beat the other on their 2010 debuts. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 15

India GP race cockpit for Chandhok possible – Fernandes

Fernandes said the 27-year-old has “amazing technical knowledge” and “adds value” to Team Lotus

2011-04-09 - Team Lotus - Malaysia - 012010-11-13 - Hispania F1 Racing Team - Karun Chandhok - Vicky Chandhok - Mohammed Bin SulayemTeam Lotus boss Tony Fernandes has admitted Karun Chandhok could race at the inaugural Indian grand prix in October. Chandhok is only a reserve for the Malaysian team’s regulars Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen, but Fernandes admitted that the first race in Delhi is an unique opportunity. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 31

Tony Fernandes receives CBE from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

“I am extremely humbled to have received this award today”

2011-03-31 - Tony Fernandes Receives CBE From Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II2011-03-26 - Team Lotus - Australia - Tony Fernandes 02The Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) award will serve to further facilitate the promotion of commercial and cultural ties between the United Kingdom and Malaysia, says Dato’ Sri Tony Fernandes who was honoured with the award by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in London today. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 06

Tony Fernandes awarded CBE by her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

“Dream the Impossible, Believe the Unbelievable and Never Take No for an Answer”

2010-04-03 - Lotus F1 Racing - Tony Fernandes2010-07-11 - Lotus F1 Racing - Tony FernandesTony Fernandes, Team Lotus Team Principal, AirAsia Group CEO and Malaysia’s iconic entrepreneur, has been awarded a Commander of the Order of the British Empire honour by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 11

BBC set to confirm Coulthard as race commentator

Sir Richard Branson might have to pull out of his appearance as an AirAsia stewardess

2010-06-11_09022010-11-14 - Lotus F1 Racing - Sir Richard Branson - Tony Fernandes 1British F1 broadcaster the BBC is poised to announce officially that David Coulthard is moving into the race commentary box for 2011. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 14

Team Lotus to replace reserve Fauzy with GP2 drivers

His successor will be selected from AirAsia GP2 team

2010-11-13 - Lotus F1 Racing - Fairuz Fauzy 012010-11-13 - Lotus F1 Racing - Fairuz Fauzy 02Team Lotus will use its new GP2 team to replace ousted 2010 reserve and ‘Friday’ driver Fairuz Fauzy next season. Malaysian Fauzy had signed a long-term contract with the Tony Fernandes-run outfit but was dropped “prematurely” and “without reason” after a single year, the driver’s management has confirmed. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 12

Team Lotus to stick with green livery in 2011

Team Lotus has decided to ditch its plans for a black and gold livery in 2011.

2010-02-12 - Lotus F1 Racing -022010-02-12 - Lotus F1 Racing -03On Thursday, after Group Lotus announced it is entering F1 with Renault and revealed John Player Special-inspired colours for 2011, fans of the separate Tony Fernandes-headed team urged the Malaysian outfit to stay with its current green and yellow livery next year. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 15

Preparing for service

Branson leaves Abu Dhabi with AirAsia uniform

2010-11-14 - Lotus F1 Racing - Sir Richard Branson - Tony Fernandes 22010-11-14 - Lotus F1 Racing - Sir Richard Branson - Tony Fernandes 1While Lotus Racing’s attention now turns to the young driver and tyre tests in Abu Dhabi, the team, AirAsia and their counterparts at Virgin Racing are busy preparing for Richard Branson’s inaugural flight as an AirAsia stewardess. In the midst of the celebrations on track last night Team Principal Tony Fernandes gave Richard an AirAsia uniform and pinned an AirAsia stewardess’ badge on the Virgin Racing boss and the two agreed how the bet would be settled. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 06

Major sponsor Philips to leave Williams

The news is a big blow to the independent team.

2010-10-24 - AT&T Williams - Nico Hulkenberg 022010-10-10 - AT&T Williams - Nico Hulkenberg 02One of Williams’ major sponsors has revealed it is leaving the British team at the end of the season. The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is also leaving Grove based Williams after next Sunday’s Abu Dhabi grand prix, and it is rumoured that AirAsia and McGregor are set to follow suit. Read the rest of this entry »

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