The modern Lotus may not be the same as the outfit which raced to championships in the sixties and seventies, but they have kept a link with the original Lotus team.
Team founder Colin Chapman used to greet Lotus’s race wins – of which they had 79 – by throwing his cap in the air. Now team principal Tony Fernandes has been given one of Chapman’s caps to use if the new Lotus team wins a race.
It’s kept in a glass case bearing the inscription ‘In case of victory, break glass’.
The team were celebrating today after Heikki Kovalainen took them into Q2 for the first time and claimed the highest place on the starting grid for a new team in 2010 with 15th.
He achieved this thanks to Ferrari and McLaren failing to cars their cars out early enough in the first part of qualifying. It’s ironic that it should come at the expense of Ferrari, who criticised the new teams in the run-up to the season.
A win for the new Lotus team may be some way off but with more heavy rain forecast for tomorrow’s race, with a bit of luck perhaps a maiden top ten finish and a point could be on the cars?
Image (C) Lotus F1