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    Lotus select seven junior team drivers
    15 Feb 2013

    Lotus have announced the roster of drivers for their newly launched Lotus F1 Junior Team. The lucky seven will be supported by the team in all areas of driving skills, physical fitness, health and
    nutrition, social and mental development, business ethics and principals, as well as PR training.

    They will spend the 2013 season contesting a variety of motorsport championships, ranging from
    the World Series by Renault Formula Renault 3.5 Series through the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 to KF category karting.

    “Lotus F1 Junior Team takes our previous i-Race Professional young driver academy and builds on it to be more closely aligned with the Formula One team and all the benefits brought by this association,” said team principal Eric Boullier. “We have announced seven highly-talented drivers, many of whom will be competing against their fellow team mates from the programme.

    “We’re offering an in-depth and highly-beneficial training regime which should encourage these drivers to develop and perform at their very best. Motorsport can be very daunting for young
    drivers, particularly everything that occurs away from the track, so we hope to give our drivers the very best preparation possible for their
    future careers.”

    The drivers selected are:
    Marco Sorensen, 22, Denmark
    (Formula Renault 3.5 with Lotus World Series Team)
    Marlon Stockinger, 21, Philippines
    (Formula Renault 3.5 with Lotus World Series Team)
    Alex Fontana, 20, Switzerland
    (GP3 with Jenzer Motorsport)
    Oscar Tunjo,17, Colombia
    (Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 with Kaufmann Racing)
    Esteban Ocon, 16, France
    (Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 with ART Junior Team)
    Alexander Albon, 16, Thailand
    (Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 - team TBA)
    Dorian Boccolacci, 14, France
    (Go Kart International KF category with Energy Corse)


  2. Nice video piece on Sara, Lotus Racing Karts prodigy and stand-out member of the Lotus Racing Karts team this season - Is Sara Lotus's next home grown racing/F1 star?? . . .

    . . . BTW, that Lotus kart is a gorgeous bit of kit. I hope Group Lotus continue in karting next season - works-supported, yet customer-teams so likely relatively cost-effective.


    Sara was a guest of Lotus at Monza this year with Lotus's Director of Motorsport Operations Miodrag Kotur (ex Ferrari) and Lotus Racing Karts team manager Franc Jerancic - see pics below:









  3. They have paid nothing to F1 this year

    They have in the form of the £30m loan to GenII from Proton - from the infamous press-release:

    "Lotus F1 Team and Group Lotus have reshaped their commercial relationship earlier this year. The new governance agreement signifies the continued commitment of Group Lotus to the team and the sport.

    Group Lotus' branding and marketing rights and subsequent activities remain unaffected by the new agreement until at least 2017.

    Alongside continued branding and title partnership status, Group Lotus is also the exclusive master licensee for all Lotus F1 Team merchandise.

    The new agreement was reached following Group Lotus owners Proton providing team owners Genii with a £30m loan which is repayable within three years. In order to secure the loan Genii used 100% of the F1 team's assets as collateral meaning that under the conditions of the loan agreement Proton have been given full title guarantee to all plant, machinery, show cars, computers, office and the Lotus F1 Team headquarters.

    In addition Proton retains the rights to purchase 10% of the F1 team. Another 10% share option will be activated if the team default on their loan obligations with Proton."

  4. With DRB's ongoing reviews/cost-cutting at Group Lotus, how does everyone here feel the 2013 Motorsport programme will look versus how it does/has this year in terms of works-supported teams/series?

    Ive shown 2 diagrams below showing the current 2012 LOTUS RACING EMPIRE, divided by the 4 main disciplines in Lotus' set-up (Formula1/junior single-seates, IndyCar, Sportscars and Rally), showing the 2012 teams/series and what I guesstimate the 2013 set-up to possibly look like going by what rumours have been circulating in the motorsport and Lotus press over the past months - Would love to hear everyones thoughts and views.

    Main culling I see is with Indycar (obviously) and in junior single-seaters . . . . . I imagine the World Series by Renault tie-up may remain as a simple collaboration considering Gravity Charouz's involvelement/running of that team and connections with GenII and the F1 team.

    Lotus Racing Karts I think (hope) will remain as is a great initaitive for Lotus engineering and for bringing on young talents. Sportscar activity and rally I feel has a chance of remianing as mainly run via partners (have no issue with that - Ferrari have been doing this for years in sportscars with people like Risi etc) and DRB are supposedly ok for motorsport activities which are closely linked with their road-car models so GT and Rally may get a pass and the T128 LMP2 car has already been announced in official press-releases by Group Lotus since the DRB take-over, suggesting their support for that programme





    Ooops, how could I forget F1? ;p

    Expect the F1 team to remain for global branding and technology-transfer/marketing reasonings

    The LMP1 tie-in with Rebellion Racing may yet become a scalp of the 2013 programme, with a focus on the new T128 LMP2 and ALMS/LMS with the Evora?

  5. Was in London Piccadilly yesterday and the store is basically ready/finished, workmen doing final touches ..... and looks fantastic - much nicer than the Ferrari Store further down on Regents Street and with more motor racing heritage and memorabilia on display than at the Scuderia - Ive attached some pics from the front and mainly from the back of the store entrance on the street which runs parallell behind Regents St. The photo near the bottom is me looking through the half-inch gap where they had masked the windows yet was just enough to see in and the store is all fully fitted and stocked - there was a security guard and some personnel insider - im imagine it would open this coming week to be up and running in time for the British GP - There were boxes of AutoART 1:18 Diecast in the trash on the street outside which they are using for their display models in store - Esprits, Elans, Elises and Lotus Cortinas ;)

    Looking forward to popping in when its open - the old retro Lotus/JPS wall-mounted Nosecones in the upper tier window displays look class and hope they are for sale :)





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