UPDATE (6.30pm): LOTUS RACING UPDATE
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - 30th September 2010
In a bid to alleviate the public confusion surrounding the ongoing matter between Lotus Racing and Proton / Group Lotus, Lotus Racing shareholder and Deputy Team Principal Dato’ Kamarudin Meranun recently had the opportunity to meet Proton Adviser Tun Dr Mahathir. The meeting was to discuss the matter in person and agree a future course of action for Lotus Racing.
Lotus Racing believes it is acting within its own rights, and as a result of this meeting, the team will now refrain from making any further comments on the matter. This action is upon advice from Tun Dr Mahathir, and it is out of our respect for him that we will act upon his wishes as he has supported us since our inception, and his backing has been invaluable in our growth.
We are very grateful for having had the opportunity to put forth our case and have complete trust that a fair review will be made, and a decision on the matter will be announced in due course.
I wrote an article - Flying into F1? - in The Malay Mail which was published Aug 20, 2009. It was quickly picked up by paultan.org the following day. It was the first article - around the globe - on Tony Fernandes' debut in F1.
I still remember clearly trying to get hold of Tony Fernandes as he was in between flights. He didn't rubbish the talks but didn't want to spill the beans either. Kamaruddin Meranun, meanwhile, was having dinner with his family and told me to call back. And when I did he told me: "It's something big which the Prime Minister is involved. Do you think we would want to steal the limelight from him (PM) by annoucing this news?"
From then I knew it was for real - despite certain quarters continuing to rubbish my story.
Then came the exclusive pictures (pic) with Jarno Trulli speculated to race for the team.
Well we now know the truth.
We will also now learn the REAL truth to who really owns Lotus - Tony F and Company or Proton. Unlike Team Lotus' participation in the GPs this season, this race to the court room is one I will not miss!
HD says: The only Lotus I have in my heart is of that located at Jalan Gasing. The banana leaf there is good.