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Lotus Arrive in Bahrain

by F1Fan on March 8, 2010

Lotus Racing finished packing the six airfreight boxes very early in the morning this past Saturday. Finally sealing each bax up after checking and rechecking the content lists to make sure they contain everything needed for the first race of the Formula One Season, the Bahrain Grand Prix.

The six airfreight boxes containing the two Lotus Cosworth T127 cars along 60-strong team have now made their way to the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Bahrain International Circuit. It makes one realize the vast amounts of money needed to participate in Formula One.

Lotus racing already well funded by Tony Fernandes, recently acquired CNN as a major Sponsor in a deal that sees the newest Formula One team entering into a long-term agreement with one of the world’s leading news networks. CNN’s world famous logos will feature on the Lotus Cosworth T127 race cars, the drivers’ overalls and on all team clothing. With that type of sponsorship and money behind the team it should guarantee some level of longevity.

As the team gears up for the first Grand Prix, Lotus Racing Team Principle Tony Fernandes commented on their goals and expectations for the first few races.:

“We are all looking forward to Bahrain; to have Lotus Racing on the grid will be a momentous occasion for all involved and, indeed, for our fans, whose support has been absolutely fantastic since we launched just under six months ago. Yes we are a little slower than the major leading teams, however we will get there, with passion, hard work and a clear vision – our aim for this first Grand Prix will be to finish and steadily but surely improve, race by race.”

Lotus Racing will spend the week preparing in Bahrain and are no doubt looking forward to hitting the track for the first practice session this Friday, exactly six months to the day after gaining their entry place into 2010 Formula One World Championship. Talking about this achievement and how the team has come together, Chief Technical Officer, Mike Gascoyne commented:

“Our test season was extremely productive – in general we’ve had very good reliability, and the team is in very good shape going to the first race.”

Summing up where the team is today Jarno Trulli expressed his opinion on their chances in the first race of the season:

“It would be nice to score a point, but it is not going to be easy. We have to be realistic.”

Just finishing the first race would be a great achievement, if they could score a point that would be amazing, but given the cars pace to date that will be highly unlikely.

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