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Lotus appoint deputy team principals 16 Feb 2010

(L to R): Dato' Kamarudin Meranum (MAL) Shareholder Lotus Racing, SM Nasarudin (MAL) Shareholder Lotus Racing and Tony Fernandes (MAL) Lotus Team Principal. Lotus T127 Launch, Royal Horticultural Halls, London, 12 February 2010. The new Lotus T127 with Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) and Jarno Trulli (ITA) Lotus. Lotus T127 Launch, Royal Horticultural Halls, London, 12 February 2010. The new Lotus T127 (L to R): Mike Gascoyne (GBR) Lotus Racing Chief Technical Officer and Tony Fernandes (MAL) Lotus Team Principal. Lotus T127 Launch, Royal Horticultural Halls, London, 12 February 2010.

Following the unveiling of their new car on Friday night, Lotus Racing have announced they have strengthened their senior management team, with two shareholders, S M Nasarudin and Dato’ Kamarudin Meranun, joining team principal Tony Fernandes as his deputies.

“Our goals and objectives are clear but, as mentioned earlier, there is still a huge task at hand,” explained Fernandes. “We have 19 races to go through and, with the three of us assisting each other in our roles, we believe that the management has all the necessary resources to bring the team to the forefront.”

Commenting on his appointment, Nasarudin, said: “We made this dream possible, turning it from a simple Malaysian dream to reality. This was all made possible through passion, hard work and team spirit. As with all the challenges that we have had to face to get to where we are now, we embraced these challenges as a team and now are even more determined to finish what we have started.

“We are realistic of our goals and by no means will it be easy from this point onwards, but the belief is there. We will consistently bring with us a professional and confident set up to each of the races for this season. As team owners, and in our deputy principal’s roles, it further reflects our continued belief and commitment to this team.”

Meranun added: “One may have the money, but not necessarily the opportunity to invest in an exciting and challenging venture, especially with a team of dedicated and highly committed people - to sum it up, this is unity in diversity at its best, under a legendary name, Lotus Racing. We still have a long road ahead and who knows what the future holds, but we are underway and we just have do the best we can.

“We have delivered a great product in such a short time period, in one of the most competitive motorsports platform in the world, and I strongly believe we have the drive, determination and most importantly the passion to see it through - God willing."

Following last week’s successful shakedown of the T127, Lotus will test alongside their rivals for the first time this week at the four-day Jerez test, which will begin on Wednesday.