21 SEPTEMBER 2009

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Article from BTNews 21 SEPTEMBER 2009

Lotus, Formula One, and air travel

LOTUS is to return to Formula One after a 15-year break.  Team principal is Tony Fernandes, of the Malaysian airline AirAsia, who follows Sir Richard Branson (Brawn) and Vijay Mallya (Force India) as an airline boss deeply involved in motor sport.  Created by the charismatic Colin Chapman, Lotus produced World Champions Jim Clark, Graham Hill, Jochem Rindt, Emerson Fittipaldi and Mario Andretti, and also won the Indianapolis 500 (Clark).  Whilst there appears to be no direct connection with the Group Lotus, which is controlled by Proton, clearly the Malaysian link is more than a coincidence.  The new Lotus Evora sports car is now reaching dealers and we hope to have a road test shortly.  AERBT's Editor in Chief Malcolm Ginsberg was Lotus Press and PR Manager during a period of both glory and tragedy. SEE THIS WEEK'S COMMENT www.fia.com

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