F1: “We don’t have any plans to move,” says Fernandes
Looks like Sepang isn’t going to be Lotus Racing’s base anytime soon. Which makes sense as there’s virtually no infrastructure to support a full fledge F1 team. Tony Fernandes revealed as much during the launch.
“I think for the moment we are going to keep our base in Hingham,” Tony said. “I think the idea of trying to do two bases just complicates, so for the foreseeable future let’s give the team the best ability to perform. And so Hingham will be the home for a while, and we will see how we progress from there.
“I don’t have any long-term plans. Right now it’s Hingham, and giving the best ability for them to perform there in a stable environment and then we will see. Maybe Malaysia will be an eventual home if we can have better facilities and we can grow it and we have a Formula One track right next to us. But right now it makes a lot of sense to stay where we are. We don’t have any plans to move.”
The Hingham facility that Tony refers to is also known as Racing Technologies Norfolk (RTN), which gave birth to famous race cars such as Audi’s R8C LMP1 car, Le Mans winner Bentley’s Speed 8 and also the CF bodywork of Proton R3′s Lotus Exige 300RR.