Girls, Girls, Girls,
Not been on the forum site much recently, but reading through this topic it feels to me the Lotus v Caterham debate carrys on and on.
The problem I feel from a personal point of view is thus; I am a life long Lotus fan, I own a BRG Elise 111R, I've followed Team Lotus since the great days of JIm Clark in the 60's, spent my teenage years as a walking cigarette advert (although I've never smoked).Thought the world was at an end when we lost Jimmy and Colin, we bounced back under Peter Warr with Aryton, the not so competitive years when the Honda engine was lost. The great joy when Team Lotus was reincarnated under the two Peters and Tony Rudd and then it all went wrong again at Monza when Johnny was pushed out after a brilliant qualifying. Then a guy called Tony Fernandes gets together with Mike Gascoyne with some Malaysian money and we once again have a team to follow, we all turn up at Snetterton to worship at the church of Lotus. Then the following season the team becomes legally known as Team Lotus and the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end at Silverstone once more for the British GP, ok were working our way from the back of the grid and it may take upto 5 years to get there but the spirit of the team feels right, it feels like the team I've supported since a boy. Then it all changes now its Caterham, the cars are still the same colour it's not quite the same but I still wish them success, But I felt nothing when the black ex Toleman, Benetton , Renault etc etc cars with a Lotus badge finished 2nd & 3rd.
It felt like those days when everyone turns up to the Grand Prix in Williams attire then next year they are all Ferrari ( the old enermy) fans a la Nigel. It's like a life long Wolves fan suddenly becomes a Man U fan, I just don't get it.