Sunday, March 20, 2011

Lotus vs Lotus gets more bizzare but this time Proton has nothing to do with it

The dispute between Team Lotus and Group Lotus is hard enough for the average joe to get their heads around but now Tony Fernandez has opened a new theatre of conflict, with former owner of Team Lotus David Hunt.

Apparently Hunt now says Fernandez is going back on a deal they struck earlier this year....hmm and we though he had paid for the team.

This could be Fernandez's eastern front, the fight that brings all other disputes crashing on his head.

Below is a snippet of the Daily Telegraph article that broke the story. Click on the link at the end of the post for the full story

Team Lotus civil war breaks out with Tony Fernandes and David Hunt locked in dispute over payment for name

Dispute: Team Lotus principal Tony Fernandes and David Hunt are locked in dispute over payment for the team name

Photo: AP

By Tom Cary

Last Updated: 7:19PM GMT 20/03/2011

It has been dubbed one of the most ludicrous, not to mention confusing quarrels in Formula One history. And it is up against some pretty stiff competition.

Barring an 11th hour settlement, the High Court battle between British car manufacturer Group Lotus, sponsors of the Renault F1 team, and rival outfit Team Lotus will commence onm Monday to determine who has the right to use the brand in Formula One.

However, Telegraph Sport has learned that an equally fierce fight is taking place behind the scenes which potentially threatens the outcome of that trial.

It has emerged that Tony Fernandes, the team principal of Team Lotus, is locked in a bitter dispute with supposed ally David Hunt, brother of former world champion James Hunt and the man who bought the Team Lotus name from the administrator when the outfit was wound up in 1994.

The dispute centres around Hunt's claims that Fernandes has gone back on an agreement the pair struck in January over payment for the Team Lotus name.

The revelation will surprise fans who were under the impression that Fernandes had already paid for the marque. It will also surprise those who believed that he and Hunt enjoyed a cosy relationship. Fernandes told his Twitter followers in January that Hunt was "the most honourable man" in the whole Lotus v Lotus dispute.

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