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    Lotus return to Formula 1 in 2010

    Lotus to make Formula One return

    Tuesday 15th September 2009

    The historic name of Lotus will return to Formula One for the first time since 1994 after being named as the 13th team on the grid for 2010.
    The FIA have handed the Malaysian-backed team the final place on the grid ahead of BMW Sauber, despite an 'impressive application' from the latter.
    BMW have announced they are pulling out of F1 next year but the Sauber team was hoping to receive backing in time to retain their place on the grid, although they could still step in if a vacancy arises.
    Although the Lotus team is based in Norfolk, it is funded by a partnership between the Malaysian Government and a consortium of Malaysian entrepreneurs, spearheaded by team principal Tony Fernandes, who is the founder and CEO of the Malaysian-based Tune Group, owner of the Air Asia airline.
    In a statement, the Malaysian government have announced: "The cars will be made in Malaysia, by Malaysians. The team will announce its two drivers by October 31, 2009. Currently six local and international drivers have been selected."
    Mike Gascoyne also returns to F1 as the team's technical director, with 20 years experience in the sport after working with Jordan, Renault, Toyota, and most recently Force India.
    The team will use the RTN facility in Norfolk, which was built by Toyota for its initial Formula One programme and then used by Bentley for its successful Le Mans programme.
    However, the team's future design, research and development, manufacturing and technical centre will be purpose built at Malaysia's Sepang International Circuit.
    Lotus, who used eight different engine suppliers during their previous 37-year stint in the sport, have agreed a deal with Cosworth.
    The team contested 491 grands prix, winning 79 en route to seven constructors' titles, helping Jim Clark, Graham Hill, Jochen Rindt and Emerson Fittipaldi become world champions.
    Ayrton Senna drove the car for three years from 1985 but by the beginning of the next decade they were uncompetitive and left the grid in 1994.

    Who do you fancy as number 1 driver for Lotus next year?

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    Robert Kubica has yet to be named during the silly season...

    Ah, the golden years of Colin Chapman remembered...

    Fond memories of Mario Andretti winning the F1 world championship in a Lotus...

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    Quote Originally Posted by chassamui
    Who do you fancy as number 1 driver for Lotus next year?
    Don't know about next year but this year weve got one motorcycle guy outside the Lotus by me who's lightning.

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