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Old 15th September 2009, 16:40   #1
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The FIA has given the green light to the team, since there is a vacant spot as BMW announced its departure. However, the team will carry a different name: 1Malaysia F1 Team, since the team will be backed by the Malaysian Government and a group of Malaysian investors. For the record, Lotus is owned by Malaysian auto maker, Proton. However, some reports indicate that the team will be called Lotus F1 Team.
The team will be based in Norfolk, England (located about 10 miles away Lotus’ headquarters), and will be headed by Tony Fernandes, a Malaysian businessman who is behind Air Asia and the Malaysian Tune Group. The latter will also be funding the team. Formerly with Jordan, Renault, Toyota and Force India, Mike Gascoyne will be the new team’s Technical Director. As expected, the new team, along with Manor, USGPE and Campos, will be powered by Cosworth. According to the FIA, the team’s future design, R&D, manufacturing and technical center will be built at Malaysia’s Sepang International Circuit.
The team will also feature Xtrac transmissions and will have the aerodynamics developed by a company called FondTech. With all that, one wonders what actually are Lotus’ responsibilities within the new team? Lotus’ last outing in Formula 1 was back in 1994.
In another development, the FIA is currently negotiating with all the current teams is Formula 1, to allow a fourteenth team to join the line-up next year. The extra spot will be made available to the new owners of the BMW Sauber team, provided it is successfully sold in time.
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Old 15th September 2009, 16:47   #2
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This is good news for F1. I bet the Brits will have a heartburn if Lotus is called 1Malaysia.
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BMW also have announced a buyer. Bit of a shame since the last spot went to this team.
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14 teams on the grid,28 cars on the grid would give stupendous competition.Imagine car # 1 lapping 28th car !!!!!!!!!!!!
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14 teams on the grid,28 cars on the grid would give stupendous competition.Imagine car # 1 lapping 28th car !!!!!!!!!!!!
I know that Team USA will be there and so will be Campos from Spain and now Lotus. But which is the other team to make it 14.
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I know that Team USA will be there and so will be Campos from Spain and now Lotus. But which is the other team to make it 14.
FIA is in consultation with all the f1 teams to allow BMW -Sauber which has just been sold to a swiss and middle east based group as the 14th team . They did not apply for next season as BMW and hence were excluded but now since their future is secure they might be allowed .

Lotus is back but will it have the aura and the speed of Colin Chapman's cars ? With malaysian backers and an old toyota f1 factory I hardly see any lotus DNA . But the more the merrier .

I hope Karun Chandok gets a chance with one of these new teams.

Also Virgin might be sponsoring Manor f1 and it might be called Virgin f1 team as they cannot sponsor Brawn with its increased market value .
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Lotus back in F1! Real classic stuff. Awesome
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Lotus back in F1! Real classic stuff. Awesome
Yeah. Much better than Litespeed masquerading as Lotus. As for the 14 team thing, we still might lose Renault and fall back to thirteen.

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I think Former BMW Sauber should get some nod from the FIA constructors association to become the 14th team. They are still waiting for approval
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I bet the Brits will have a heartburn if Lotus is called 1Malaysia.
Not really! It will still be called Team Malaysia Cosworth.
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This is really a good news for all F1 fans like us all round the globe.
Is it a another separate team or Lotus has bought any existing team ??
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Right after the recent and sudden announcement of the 1Malaysia F1 Team / Team Lotus, the next important issue is the driver line-up. Usually, when a new team comes about, the pairing of drivers would be usually made up by a young driver and someone who has more experience under his belt. This was evident in Red Bull (with David Coulthard) and the Force India squad (with Giancarlo Fisichella).
Tony Fernandes, current team principal of the team that has backing from Fernandes’ Tune Group and the Malaysian Goverment (via Proton) revealed to Reuters, “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.”
The above mentioned spot can go to anyone who has the right experience, and Malaysian Fairuz Fauzy is rumored to fill in the other spot. Fauzy is currently competing in the World Series by Renault, and also had a stint in GP2 and is racing for A1 Team Malaysia. He was also the reserve and test driver for the Spyker F1 team. However, the official and confirmed line-up is expected to be announced by the end of October.
In another development, Tony Fernandes has announced that his role as team principal will be a temporary one, and that he plans to find a replacement by the second race of the 2010 season, which will be held in Australia. He told Reuters, “Team Principal is not something that is going to be permanent. I am going to get it 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 have the right direction, the right imaging and the right future – the right strategic plan and marketing.”

“I would say probably we would buy in experience; I think it would be good that the Team Principal is Malaysian but it might be a tall order to be a Team Principal straight away,” he added.
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The most important part of the update, is the actual name of the team. It will carry the name Team Lotus, instead of 1Malaysia, and the Lotus brand (owned by Proton) will be licensed to the 1Malaysia F1 Team Sdn. Bhd. company. Proton also plans to go into technology transfer, own marketing rights and create employment opportunities as well.
The Malaysian Government has no equity directly or indirectly in the team, and the team will be funded by a group of companies including Litespeed, Naza, and the Tune Group, run by Tony Fernandes, current team principal. Petronas, a very familiar name in Formula 1 (BMW Sauber’s sponsor), is expected to join the team via its Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (a Petronas university in Malaysia), which will collaborate with the team together with UTM (University Teknologi Malaysia – a state owned university) to help develop future Malaysian engineers.
A company called Composites Technology Research Malaysia (CTRM) will also be involved in the team. The Malaysian-based (92% owned by Malaysia’s Ministry of Finance and 8% by Petronas) company produces composite materials for companies like Airbus and Lotus (composite body shell for Lotus Europa S). Team Lotus will be run by Litespeed. Litespeed is an F3 team that is founded by Nino Singh Judge and Steve Kenchington, both ex-Lotus employees. As revealed earlier, the team is expected to introduce its driver line-up by the end of next month.
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Malaysia’s Lotus F1 has officially announced that its scale version of its race car is going into the windtunnel testing stage. Along with the announced, the team also released an interview transcript involving chief technical officer Mike Gascoyne.
Asked about the windtunnel phase, he said, “The start of any windtunnel testing is an important step in the development of a new Formula 1 car, but it is particularly exciting for us as we continue preparations for our first season. It has been a very busy time since our entry was confirmed by the FIA.”
“Once our entry was confirmed in mid‐September, we were able to accelerate our recruitment and car development process and this is really where we are at now,” he added.
According to the transcript, the team’s entry into Formula 1 was only made possible with the backing from Malaysia’s private sector, although when the initiative was first announced, Malaysia’s government was also involved in the funding. The team is also hiring for roles in various departments including technical, administration, marketing and public relations.
Regarding the team’s base, Gascoyne revealed, “Ultimately, the team will be headquartered in Malaysia, but we will keep a small UK base which will give us a logistical advantage when we are racing within Europe.” He also confirmed that the team plans to carry out track testing in February in preparation for the season-opener in Bahrain.
Asked about expectations, he said “We need to remain realistic in our aims for the first year. We are a new team and we are starting our development late, so it will be an achievement just to get two cars on the Bahrain grid. I hope by the middle of the season we will have established ourselves as the best of the rookie teams then continue to make forward progress for the rest of the year.”
“We need reliable and technically‐minded drivers who can help us develop the car during the season, but at the same time we need drivers who are hungry for results and who can extract every little bit of performance from the car at all times,” he said regarding drivers for the new team. The latest news concerning driver line-up is the possibility of hiring Toyota’s Jarno Trulli. According to Motorsport.com, Trulli has admitted that he could imagine himself driving for Lotus F1.
The 35 year old Italian told F1mania.net, “I have worked together with Mike in three different teams (Jordan, Renault and Toyota). I would have no problem going to a new team, if he (Gascoyne) has a leading role. We can safely expect the team to hire a more veteran driver, like Trulli and a younger Malaysian pilot. Fairuz Fauzy is rumored to fill in the spot for the latter.
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I do not understand how having more cars with more Rookie drivers is going to help the sport.

Yesterday's Brazilian Grand Prix is witness to the fact that more the rookie's , more the crashes.

These guys all travel at speeds of upto 300+ Km/h and having a rookie try to nudge past them at a non-existant passing corner is quite stupid IMHO.

You should have a sport with lesser number of vehicles with the teams tuned to being techinically strong and the drivers to being the best in the racing.

I personally feel that if there are more teams , the level of professionalism and competition is going to come down rather that vice-versa.
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