Lotus nears return to Formula One in 2010
With more and more factory backed teams preparing to make a break from Formula One in 2010 due to conflicts regarding rule regulations and budget disagreements, it’s a welcome relief that there are a host of new entires for next season, like the USF1 effort, or a champion of the past like Lotus.
Last seen in 1994, Lotus is potentially seeking a comeback in Formula One to recapture some of that old glory it had back in its heyday when it won a total of seven world championships and boasted a field of Hall of Fame drivers that included world class drivers like Jim Clark, Graham Hill, Jochen Rindt, Emerson Fittipaldi and Mario Andretti.
The principal behind Lotus’ re-entry into Formula 1 is no other than Mike Gascoyne, the venerable F1 veteran who is now part of the Litespeed Formula 3 team that was able to secure the rights to use the Lotus brand in its bid to re-enter the prestigious world of F1.
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Naturally, by using the Lotus brand, Gascoyne will also be partnering with David Hunt, younger brother of 1976 World Champion James Hunt and the man who purchased the team before it went MIA back in 1994.
Preparations for Lotus’ impending entry to F1 have already began with the team setting up camp at the Racing Technology Norfolk facility, a place that has seen its fair share of F1 teams and, not to mention Bentley’s Le Mans team. Likewise, the team has spared no expense in bring back individuals familiar to the Lotus team of the 90’s, including former driver Johnny Herbert.
With the growing uncertainty surrounding the state of Formula One for 2010, the impending reemergence of an old power is a definite shot in the arm for F1.