Tag Archive: Dany Bahar

Jul 07

Kolles denies Caterham owner speculation

Caterham is the latest hotbed of formula one rumours.

IMG_2344Because the true identity of the team’s new owners has not been disclosed, plenty of speculation is flying around.

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Jun 18

Bahar to sue Lotus owner over sacking – report

Dany Bahar, the sacked boss of former Lotus F1 Team sponsor Group Lotus, has reportedly decided to sue the struggling sports car maker.

Toyota - Lotus - Dany Bahar - Akio ToyodaLotus logo 2011-12-13The Turkish born Swiss was dismissed at the end of an investigation by Lotus’ owner DRB-Hicom into Bahar’s conduct. That was amid rumours Bahar used Lotus funds to extensively refurbish his several houses. The Swiss newspaper Bilanz reports that Bahar is filing a suit in London’s High Court for wrongful termination.

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Jun 10

Bad news chasing Lotus team at present

There is little good news to report about the Lotus F1 team at present.

Lotus logo 2011-12-13Toyota - Lotus - Dany Bahar - Akio ToyodaThe UK financial website thisismoney.co.uk reports that the Enstone based team has recorded a $32 million pre-tax loss for last year.

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Apr 26

F1 owner Genii considers buying Group Lotus

Rumours that F1 team owner Genii is contemplating buying the Group Lotus sports car company are continuing to gain steam.

2011-02-03 - Genii Business Exchange 2Group Lotus plcThat is despite Genii’s Gerard Lopez confirming recently that the Enstone based team has ended its sponsorship deal with the carmaker, even though the team will continue to carry the Lotus name. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jan 27

Raikkonen puts rally hobby on hold for Lotus

Kimi Raikkonen has admitted he will sideline his rallying hobby now that he has returned to formula one full-time.

Kimi Raikkonen test Peugeot2012-01-23 - Lotus F1 Team - Kimi Raikkonen 04F1’s 2007 world champion moved to world rallying two years ago after losing his Ferrari seat. In the meantime, Lotus (formerly Renault) struggled last season in the wake of lead driver Robert Kubica’s horror injuries sustained in a minor Italian rally.

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Dec 12

Lotus to give Raikkonen time to shake off rust

“He has maybe taken two years, but we have the time for Kimi as well.”

2011-11-29 - Lotus Renault GP - Kimi Raikkonen2011-11-29 - Lotus Renault GP - Kimi Raikkonen (4)Although Dany Bahar has admitted signing Kimi Raikkonen involves Lotus spending “a big amount of money”, he expects the 2007 world champion to be a bit rusty initially.

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Dec 12

Lotus still happy to let drivers take risks

“Kimi is Kimi and it will be difficult to change the way he lives” – Bahar

Toyota - Lotus - Dany Bahar - Akio Toyoda2011-11-29 - Lotus Renault GP - Kimi Raikkonen (6)Even after losing Robert Kubica’s services to serious injury and seeing new star recruit Kimi Raikkonen hurt his wrist at the weekend, Lotus will continue to let its drivers run their own lives.

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Nov 09

Caterham to keep green and yellow Lotus livery

Group Lotus Plc and PROTON Holdings Berhad, 1Malaysia Racing Team, Caterham Cars and Tony Fernandes

2011-10-29 - Team Lotus - India - 022011-08-28 - Team Lotus - Belgium - 01Proton, Group Lotus, 1Malaysia Racing Team and its owner Tony Fernandes are delighted to announce that the legal dispute in the English Courts relating to the “LOTUS” and “TEAM LOTUS” brands has now ended amicably with the parties agreeing settlement terms earlier this month.

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Oct 13

Proton denies selling Lotus to Renault owner Genii

Group Lotus owner Proton has denied the British sports car maker is being sold to formula one team owner Genii.

Proton2011-02-03 - Genii Business Exchange 2Last week, Lotus boss Dany Bahar failed to quell speculation that Genii, the Gerard Lopez-led owner of the Enstone based Renault team, is poised to take over its title sponsor Lotus.

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Jun 18

Renault to keep name, black livery in 2012

The Renault team will keep its current name as well as the black and gold livery in 2012.

2011-06-12_07352011-06-10_0402Sponsor Group Lotus’ chief Dany Bahar met with reporters for lunch on Friday where he said it is possible the Malaysian-owned carmaker will eye ownership of F1’s Enstone based team one day. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jun 06

Renault hits back at rumours of financial problems

Renault is hitting back at reports of financial problems.


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The rumours emerged during the Monaco grand prix and the Enstone based team’s boss Eric Boullier hinted they might have been started by his predecessor Flavio Briatore, who was making an appearance in the Principality. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jan 18

Renault livery could break Canadian law – report

“It is categorically against the law to present any likeness to a cigarette pack.”

Lotus Renault GP2010-12-08 - Renault-LotusRenault’s new black and gold livery might fall afoul of strict anti-tobacco advertising laws in Canada this year. That is the claim of the Toronto based Globe and Mail newspaper, after the Enstone based team’s newly Group Lotus-sponsored livery was launched officially last weekend at a racing car show in Birmingham. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jan 18

Lotus dispute to hit High Court next week

Time is running out for the Lotus naming dispute to be solved before it hits London’s High Court.

Lotus LogoToyota - Lotus - Dany Bahar - Akio ToyodaGroup Lotus CEO Dany Bahar said on Monday that he thinks the branding debacle, with the entirely separate Team Lotus also intending to use the name this season, will be “solved” before British legal action kicks off. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jan 17

Bahar thinks Lotus dispute to be solved soon

“I don’t think it will be a matter solved by English courts”

Toyota - Lotus - Dany Bahar - Akio ToyodaLotus LogoDany Bahar is still sure the Lotus branding debacle in formula one will not see the inside of the London High Court. After his outfit’s official Lotus Racing license was revoked, Tony Fernandes bought the ‘Team Lotus’ name just as Group Lotus was launching plans to enter F1 in 2011. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec 17

Fernandes denies demanding too much for Lotus deal

 “We are pragmatic” – Fernandes

Lotus Logo2010-04-17 - Lotus F1 Racing - Tony Fernandes 01As the Lotus dispute rages on, Tony Fernandes has hit back at Dany Bahar’s claim that the parties did not unite in F1 due to his “ridiculous and absurd” demands. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec 16

Group Lotus not ruling out own F1 engine in future

CEO Dany Bahar has not ruled out Group Lotus building an engine to power its new formula one foray.

Lotus LogoToyota - Lotus - Dany Bahar - Akio ToyodaThe Proton-owned manufacturer has teamed up initially as title sponsor with some equity in the Renault F1 team, but is not hiding grander ambitions for the future. Bahar met in London for a media dinner on Wednesday, where he confirmed that Group Lotus has “plans underway” to consider whether to build its own engines for its sports cars as well as an engine for Indycar in 2012. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec 10

Renault risks new disrepute charge over Lotus deal – Hunt (updated)

Renault team boss Eric Boullier also hailed the deal.
Boullier staying Renault team boss – Bahar

Renault F1 Team2010-12-08 - Renault-LotusGroup Lotus’ move into formula one risks damaging the historic brand and bringing the sport into disrepute. That is the charge of David Hunt, the brother of 1976 world champion James Hunt who held the rights to the ‘Team Lotus’ name for years until recently selling it to Tony Fernandes’ outfit. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec 10

Petrov must increase commitment to F1 team – Lopez

“Part of the discussion is that he needs to accept a certain change in life”

2010-08-01 - Renault F1 Team - Gerard Lopez 012010-08-01 - Renault F1 Team - Vitaly Petrov 01If Vitaly Petrov pledges more commitment in order to become consistently fast, there is “no question” he will retain his Renault race seat in 2011, the team’s owner insists. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec 09

Group Lotus eyes bigger Renault slice in future

CEO Dany Bahar has indicated Group Lotus might eventually buy more of the Renault F1 team.

Lotus LogoRenault F1 TeamLotus has bought into the Enstone based team’s majority owner Genii Capital, and reports on Thursday suggested the deal might become a complete takeover within time. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec 09

Lotus’ Bahar tips Petrov to keep Renault seat

As the highest profile Russian link, Petrov might now be feeling more secure for 2011.

2010-10-10 - Renault F1 Team - Vitaly Petrov 05Toyota - Lotus - Dany Bahar - Akio ToyodaRussian Vitaly Petrov looks likely to stay in formula one next year following the rebranding of his 2010 employer as Lotus Renault GP. Read the rest of this entry »

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