Are you sure that's not the San Francisco team?Allright, so this is sounding more and more like a Malaysian project.. And not excactly a Lotus project as one would imagine.
Yeah. No too excited really.
OK, what?! This should ensure they get off to a great start to the season... mind you if the guy is non-technical maybe he'll be replaced by someone who has more F1 experience?Lotus boss plans to step down soon
By Jonathan Noble Friday, September 18th 2009, 08:26 GMT
Lotus team principal Tony Fernandes has no intention of remaining in his role for the long term, after revealing that he will stand down shortly after the 2010 season begins.
The Malaysian aviation entrepreneur has been named the boss of the new Lotus outfit, but wants to hand over responsibility to someone else within a matter of months.
"The team principal [position] is not something that is going to be permanent," he told news agency Reuters. "I am going to get it [the team] to a stage and then someone can do it full time, properly.
"My job is AirAsia and I just want to make sure that we [Lotus] have the right direction, the right imaging and the right future, the right strategic plan and marketing."
When asked for a time frame for him stepping down, he said: "I think up to about Melbourne, maybe. Maybe I'll enjoy being the team principal for a couple of races and I think then we'd move it on to someone else."
Lotus is expected to announce its two drivers at the end of October, and Fernandes has insisted that, despite the Malaysian support for the team, there was no need for it to run home grown talent.
Instead, he thinks the team's efforts would be best served by bringing on board an experienced F1 driver.
"My personal preference would be to try to get someone with lots of experience, even though he may be ending his career, who can add a lot of experience and develop the car," he added.
"Having the right personality that can transfer knowledge and enjoy working with people, I think is critical... there's no point throwing someone in at the deep end if he's not ready either."
He's 27 years old, already had his chance in GP2, he's good in WSR but I don't think he's close to being F1 material...Though there is a Malaysian driver in WSR right now, Fairuz Fauzy. He's 5th is the championship currently so not too bad, don't know if he's F1 material though, at this point anyway.
Oh right, thanks for the info, I didn't really know anything about him, just that he had been mentioned as a possibility.He's 27 years old, already had his chance in GP2, he's good in WSR but I don't think he's close to being F1 material...
I generally don't like the idea of these "national" teams - I'm sure USF1 will have at least one US driver, Campos is almost certain to have a Spaniard, this new Lotus team with their Malaysian driver... I don't think this is good for the sport, if there are better drivers available, they shouldn't take their nationality into consideration.
I might take a look on the 1991 season review this evening and see if it's shown. But as I only have it on VHS, screencaps will be a tad tricky...I would love Lotus forever if we saw the return of the 'ollocks' sponsorship that the cars inexplicably had only for the 1991 Monaco Grand Prix.