Lotus: the homecoming

Lotus showed off its F1 2010 race car for the first time on home soil yesterday at a special ‘homecoming’ celebration in Kuala Lumpur ahead of this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix at the Sepang International Circuit.

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Youth and Sports minister Dato’ Ahmad Shabery Cheek were at the event to see race drivers, Jarno Trulli, Heikki Kovalainen and Fairuz Fauzy, unveiled the stunning green-and-yellow car for the first time to their Malaysian fans.

They were joined by Lotus Racing deputy team principals SM Nasarudin and Dato’ Kamarudin Meranun, Proton Holdings Berhad Group MD Dato’ Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Mohd Tahir, as well as Sepang International Circuit chairman Dato’ Mokhzani Mahathir.

“This is truly the proudest moment for all of us to be here right in the heart of our capital city Kuala Lumpur, sharing this moment with all Malaysians,” said SM Nasarudin. “This is the much awaited homecoming for Lotus Racing, as this is the first time that the Lotus Cosworth T127 cars are on Malaysian soil. There is nothing like being on your own home ground.

“We expect the race in Sepang this weekend to be another exciting outing for Lotus Racing. Heikki’s finish, just three places away from earning our first point in Melbourne, gives us a good boost for the coming grand prix.”

The Lotus T127 was on display for one day only, and in addition to launching the Malaysian Chapter of the official Lotus Racing Fan Club, the team also confirmed a sponsorship deal with mobile network, Maxis.

“Maxis is pleased to broaden its sports involvement through the sponsorship of the Lotus Racing Team in F1,” said Sandip Das, Maxis Berhad chief executive officer. “This is the pride of the nation and as the leading and most innovative Malaysian Telco, we wanted to be a part of this wonderful Malaysia moment.”

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If Lotus win, Negaraku will be sung.. Not God Save The Queen..

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i think Lotus will be the best team in this year (or in the first 3)…it will beat ferrari and other. they making extremely good cars

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Well done to FAlonsoFan you can spell and use a caps lock key its so unfortunate you know nothing about F1 ( eg. you like Fernando Alonso, Hamiltons old rival)

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BTW Force India is based in england too and is built mostly by british mechanics… Does that make it a British team?

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Lotus Racing is malaysian. End of story. Without the malaysian money and owners, the british engineers and the rest wouldn´t have a job! But those ignorants instead of being cool and support the team as an malaysian-british effort, trash it trying to exclude or demote the malaysian ownership. If Lotus wins a race you will hear the Negaraku: is that british to you?

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# 28 I know a heck of a lot more than you sunshine. Fernando is a fantastic driver with two world titles to his name and well and truly on his way to many more.

I’m not going to start a childish ‘The driver I support is better than yours’ battle because results speak for themselves.

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Toro rosso is italien

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Ah casual racism, where would we be without it…?

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yeah you tell them “Mclaren Fan” Just like Irvine is British and not Irish…

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Jordan used to engish aswell…

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to clarify last point – Jordan used to be english…

Jordan were always known to be Irish..Now they are force India – Not Irish anymore..

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McLaren have German engines. They must be German. What about their brakes Brembo? Ah well then they must be Italian. Your reasoning is flawed. Is it not enough that the Malaysians decided to base the team in England and employ people to get a long-term team into action? Without the Malaysians this team would not have come into life. You should at least recognise and be grateful for this…

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Briton made everything in the world as shown on the program “Speed” by clarkson and so was this car. Saying this car isn’t british becuase its funded by Malaysian people is a bit like saying you must be gay your best friend is so you should be as well

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Sorry to FAlonsoFan, i do think hamilton is better but alonso is a very good and respectable driver. i was just annoyed i got critisised because of my spelling.

Does it really matter where there from i like the zonda thats not british, you like alonso he’s not british.

I don’t care where there from GO LOTUS!!! ( i did that on purpose by the way )

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# 39 No worries mate. As I said somewhere else on this site, this years F1 grid is the strongest grid line up in ages so it’ll be interesting to see who comes out tops. I want Alonso to win and you want Hamilton to win that’s cool. I do respect Lewis and the new teams have done a fantatic job already, I mean even just to get to the season opener at Bahrain was a HUGE ask let alone having to finish.

Lotus are performing miracles out there and after watching I have to be honest, I can see Fairuz Fauzy getting a race seat there soon.

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* fantastic

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The thing is i bet if everyone checked around there house most things they find will be made in china, malaysia, america, ect.

F1 Prediction ( if im honest)
1. Alonso
2. Vettel
3. Massa
4. Hamilton
5. Rosberg

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Lotus = joint efforts from Malaysian & British.
is a win win for both & i look forward to their first win on the track.

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12.Mclaren Fan said “because when made in Malaysia from bamboo or what ever they use over there, they will DESTROY Lotus’ successful reputation”

Have some respect. Without the Malaysian’s the Lotus Name would still be dead and may never have been resurrected. The Malaysian’s have done a great job be restoring Lotus name to Formula one. England could not do it on their own, so be great full for the Malaysians for buying the Lotus Name and for being the new owners. If I bought a Honda made in England, I would still consider the car Japanese.

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LOL.. funny you all..
I am Malaysian, I do proud even Lotus Racing didn’t win any (yet). Let say like this…

Lotus racing is Malaysian, but born as British.

Both Malaysia and Britain ARE lotus homeground. ;)
1st homeground , 2nd homeground.

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#40 I dont want hamilton to win, i just didnt like how alonso acted at mclaren, i want vettel to win he’s the fastest 2/3 poles a win and was unlucky in bahrain ( car lost power ) and in melbourne ( brake faliure). GO VETTEL & LOTUS ( i did that on purpose to)

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@ #46 Okay man, I apologise, I misunderstood your message. You know, you don’t have to tell me whenever you type in Caps if it was on purpose or not just as long as it’s not the whole thing :p.

Finally Red Bull didn’t turn out to be ‘Dead Bull’ this race. They deserved that 1-2 after their little run of bad luck. They really showed how fast the car truly is. There were reports that Seb and Marky weren’t even pushing that hard, if that’s true then a lot of teams should start worrying if Red Bull have ironed out the little niggles because there will be nothing to hold back Vettel then.

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To all those who diss the Malaysians.

Lotus, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mini are all companies that have been bought over by other foreign companies. The British ran these car companies down to the ground and now foreign companies are backing it up.

The Lotus F1 team wouldn’t even exist if it weren’t for the Malaysian Government. People are buying the British out. You brits just don’t notice it because you all are too proud to see it.

Wankers.

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