Malaysia will have around 15-20 representative to be in the Malaysia Lotus F1 team as a technician and one driver on the shortlist that is Fairuz Fauzy. Read further news from bernama below.
20 MALAYSIAN WILL BE IN LOTUS F1 TEAM AS A TECHNICIAN
About 20 Malaysians will be part of the pioneering technical team of the 1Malaysia-Lotus F1 Team which is set to make its debut next year.
The number would be gradually increased over the next two years, team chief Mike Gascoyne told Bernama .
He said the team aimed to be among the best of the four newcomers next year.
“The new team will have 220-strong technicians who will be based in the United Kingdom.
From the looks of it, we expect to employ around 15 to 20 Malaysians,” said Gascoyne who has been interviewing candidates here this week.
“For now, we want the best performance as we are just setting up this team and F1 is a very competitive race. In future, I hope the technical team will comprise 100 per cent Malaysians who can perform 100 per cent,” he said.
The Norfolk-born Gascoyne, one of Formula One’s most renowned technicians in aerodynamics, has worked for several Grand Prix teams including McLaren, Sauber, Jordan, Toyota, Spyker and last year, he was with team Force India.
With five months left to the flag off of the new season, Gascoyne said: “We are progressing wel l in a limited way. We now have 30 designers working on the car design.”
The car is being constructed in that Norfolk factory which will be turned into the team’s European base with facilities like a wind tunnel, research and development department and spare parts production.
The Cosworth engine for the race car has been put through four trials after being out of the F1 races since 2006.
“After a three-year absence, we don’t know the engine’s reliability. To overcome this, we are now working closely with Cosworth,” he said.
Gascoyne said the team’s initial start-up budget was between RM65 million and RM100 million while the overall cost for each season was estimated at RM300 million.
The 1Msia-Lotus F1 Team is scheduled to make its debut in the season opener in Bahrain on March 14 and return to its home circuit on April 4 for the Malaysian Grand Prix, the third in the 19-leg world championship.
The team was listed for the 2010 season after the withdrawal of the BMW Sauber team.
“The debut season will be difficult but I’m self-assured that the team will be competitive. We surely do not intend to be one of the teams at the back of the 19 teams next season,” he said.
The other three new teams are Campos Meta (Spain), Manor F1 Team (United Kingdom) and Team US F1 (United States).
Gascoyne hoped the drivers would be announced next month. Yesterday, team principal Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes told Bernama that six drivers had been short-listed and Fairuz Fauzy was the only Malaysian driver on the list.
The 27-year-old Fairuz is currently competing in the World Series by Renault and also has a stint in GP2 besides racing for the A1 Team Malaysia.
He is also the reserve and test driver for the Spyker F1 team.
Gascoyne gave a lecture on car aerodynamics to mechanical engineering students at Universiti Technology Malaysia in Jalan Semarak here today.