Baby steps: Analysisng Lotus's return to F1
The Lotus name made its official return to grand prix racing in Bahrain, and the team's performance raised hopes that the base is there to begin a new successful phase for the legendary squad. Adam Cooper talked to the protagonists of an historic day
The Bahrain GP was the start of a new chapter in the history of the Lotus name in F1, even if this one comes under the 'Racing' rather than the more familiar 'Team' banner.
Some purists may have their doubts, but the new project has been endorsed both by the Chapman family, and by past Lotus drivers. And there could be no better reminder of the glorious history of the marque than the appearance of Emerson Fittipaldi and Mario Andretti in their original title-winning cars in the Bahrain 60th anniversary celebrations.
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