Reports today say that Caterham, who are a Renault customer in F1, and who appointed a Renault executive, Cyril Abiteboul, as their new F1 CEO recently, will be signing the partnership deal.
Joe Saward, a Caterham cars Director and journalist recently wrote an article:
Who is Cyril Abiteboul?
Apparently, Caterham will also produce a new car from the same Renault platform!
So the first new Caterham car under Tony Fernandes will be based on this cars platform.
Group Lotus must be very p'd.
I have in the past been in contact with Caterham over my proposal. At the time I didn't know it! I spent a couple of days with Alex Yoong at the ASLI Automotive conference 2009.
Soon after Alex took up a position with Tony Fernandes as the trainer/talent spotter for Lotus now Caterham F1.
He still has contact to Group Lotus heirarchy through DRB-Hicom.
As far as my MUM proposal is concerned I would be happy to work with DRB-Hicom, Caterham or Petronas if we are talking about Malaysian companies.
Obviously, I don't have any negative history with any of these entities.