Fernandes speaks to www.formula1.com
First half is the usual mombo jumbo/we are doing great. Second is much more interesting as it openly tackles the Lotus vs Lotus case.
This is the first time Fernandes openly admits that he is changing the name, but leaves the decision to others.
A few highlights:
The original idea was to do that with Group Lotus, but that obviously went spectacularly wrong, so we found a very elegant solution in Caterham and now we’re sorting out the issues with Group Lotus so we can all move on in a positive way.
I think it's quite clear that Fernandes will put all his energy in Caterham, I dont see him getting GL in the future.
When Karun’s in Moscow people ask him what it’s like driving with Vitaly Petrov, and I get congratulated for a GP2 win that unfortunately was not one of ours.
This is a bit funny the way Fernandes puts it. So the problem is not the name itself, its being confused with the outfit.
I do wonder if this means the end of BRG as well.
This will be decided by the higher authorities, and we put our faith in their decision to do the right thing for Formula One. Now we just want to do the right thing and stop the confusion. I think that’s what everyone wants so let’s see what happens.
Deal is done I guess, nothing much left but to sort paperwork and bribes for other teams that are unhappy.
I honestly don’t know what happens from here, but I do know that if somebody else owns the name in the future it will be the right people, using it for the right reasons, and if we have played a part in helping it find its natural home then I am happy.
Kinda cryptic message here, perhaps a hint that Fernandes forced Genii to take up the Lotus chassis name?