Team Lotus F1 has named single race winners Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen as its 2010 drivers. Malaysia’s Fairuz Fauzy will be the team’s third driver. The announcement was made today by Sports Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek on behalf of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in Kuala Lumpur.
Lotus will be 6th team for Jarno Trulli who spent last 5 full seasons with Toyota following his stints with Minardi (1997), Prost (1998-1999), Jordan (2000-2001) and Renault (2002-2004) where he scored his only F1 race win to date.
Heikki Kovalainen will be joining Lotus after one season with Renault and two McLaren. Same as Trulli he is coming to Lotus with one race win to his name.
Lotus F1 Team has also unveiled the new logo:
When describing the logo the team principal gave some hint on the colour scheme of Lotus livery:
“We have thought long and hard about our team brand and logo, and I am very pleased with the end result. F1 aficionados will immediately recognise the classic green and yellow colour of Lotus, but we have given it a modern twist which is essentially what this team is about. We are not pretending to be the Lotus of the past, but we are honoured to be able to bring the name back into Formula 1 at the start of a new decade of racing. We will draw on its heritage and use it to inspire and motivate our team, Lotus F1 Racing. I hope everybody likes the logo and enjoys a small glimpse into the livery of our race cars for our first season.“
To read the complete Q&A with Jarno Trulli, Heikki Kovalainen and Tony Fernandes follow this link to Lotus F1 Racing website.