Model hints at 2010 colour scheme for 1Malaysia / Lotus F1 car

1Malaysia F1 car model

1Malaysia F1 car model

The FIA announced today that Lotus will get the final place on the 2010 F1 grid. The Malaysian government has backed the bid and the entry was made by a company called “1Malaysia F1 Team”.

1Malaysia is an initiative of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, intended to promote unity among Malaysians. This brightly-coloured car model was on display at an official announcement in Malaysia today.

The team principal will be Tony Fernandes, who is ranked the 15th-richest man in Malaysia and set up Air Asia, the airline which sponsors Williams.

A statement from the government said: “??The cars will be made in Malaysia, by Malaysians [...] The team will announce its two drivers by October 31, 2009. Currently six local and international drivers have been selected.”

Ex-Renault, Toyota and Force India man Mike Gascoyne will return to F1 as the team’s technical director.

Interestingly, FIA president candidate Jean Todt has links to Malaysia via his partner Michelle Yeoh and his role as an ambassador for Malaysian tourism (about which questions were raised earlier this year).

The model above may prove not to be indicative of what the team’s final 2010 livery will look like – but I think it would be great to see such a radical colour scheme on the F1 grid.

But with Force India, US F1 and now 1Malaysia, is F1 slowly turning into A1 Grand Prix?

Update: Alex Yoong yesterday referred to the car as ‘project raibow’ on Twitter. Is this paint scheme serious?

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174 comments on Model hints at 2010 colour scheme for 1Malaysia / Lotus F1 car

  1. Alex Bkk said on 15th September 2009, 23:33

    Fantastic…we’ll be able to see them even though they are at the back of the grid!

  2. sato113 said on 16th September 2009, 0:20

    i’m sure Bernie will now extend the Malaysian GP for another 10 years… (love the track, hate his business plans)

  3. manatcna said on 16th September 2009, 0:21

    “Maybe a poll would be good, then the team might see that there are only 2 people that like it.”

    Make that three :)

    But I doubt if this will be the livery come season 2010

  4. John H said on 16th September 2009, 1:04

    Oh that is a truly horrid image.

  5. pSynrg said on 16th September 2009, 1:08

    Like something you’d find in a really cheesy, cheap and crap arcade style F1 racing game. Probably got rocket launchers that flip out of the sidepods…

  6. ranilom said on 16th September 2009, 1:22

    Teams like Toyota fail to impress; how can Malaysia realistically think to achieve podium in few years?http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/articles/20090915211246/Article
    The colours are the colours of the national flag, but don’t worry, the main sponsor will definitely change that..

    • David A said on 16th September 2009, 1:50

      how can Malaysia realistically think to achieve podium in few years?

      Those sound like the words of one Vijay Mallya, you know.

  7. Ilanin said on 16th September 2009, 1:57

    Love the colour scheme. You lot are all boring. That said, it looks to me more like a false-colour image map of something from a CFD simulation or a wind tunnel measurement than an actual colour scheme.

    Also, it isn’t a Lotus. If you’re going to paint it that colour, call it a Proton and be done with it.

  8. Prisoner Monkeys said on 16th September 2009, 2:17

    Something cool I found out: Malaysia’s national motorsport colours are yellow with white. Lotus’s company colours are yellow with green.

    If Lotus nets Petronas – which is very, very likely given that they’re both Malaysian and both connected to the Malaysian government – then maybe we could see a banana-yellow car with green branding over it. Petronas have already demonstrated that they’re willing to run their logos in colours that suit a team rather than have the team run a livery that suits them.

  9. the team called lotus f1 team…1malaysia f1 team is just the company that run the team. Lotus is not british company anymore. If proton not buy the Lotus in 1994…lotus will gone just like BMC and etc

  10. i’m malaysian and i think this is a bad idea..the politicians who dreamed this up is just in it for the glamour and to rip off the taxpayers money..again..

    here’s my 2 cents..

    http://lewisf1.blogspot.com/2009/09/malaysias-own-f1-team.html

  11. GeeMac said on 16th September 2009, 7:35

    I thought that teams who weren’t awarded a space on the 2010 grid got placed on the FIA’s reserve list in case a team that as been granted an entry can’t make it onto the grid. So what’s the point of having the reserve list if someone who didn’t submit a bid initially can come over the top of you when a space opens up?

    If I was Lola or Prodrive I’d take this as a sign that Bernie really really really doesn’t want you in F1. Bernie clearly thinks that it would be better to have a rainbow coloured Lotus on the grid than Aston Martin or Lola. As much as I’m going to love to see the Lotus name back in F1, I don’t want it to be at the cost of great racing teams like Prodrive and Lola.

  12. Prisoner Monkeys said on 16th September 2009, 9:53

    So what’s the point of having the reserve list if someone who didn’t submit a bid initially can come over the top of you when a space opens up?

    I suspect Lotus bought out the Litespeed bid. It would be the only way onot the shortlist.

    If I was Lola or Prodrive I’d take this as a sign that Bernie really really really doesn’t want you in F1. Bernie clearly thinks that it would be better to have a rainbow coloured Lotus on the grid than Aston Martin or Lola.

    Bernie has absolutely no control over which teams join the grid. And don’t forget that Dave Richards won a spot on the 2008 grid, but never made it. The FIA isn’t going to forget that in a hurry. Nor will they forget Lola’s rushed 1997 efforts.

    Or it could just be that while Lola and Prodrive were strong applicants, others were stronger. Did you consider that?

    • I knew someone would mention Lola’s poor 1997 effort! If the FIA aren’t forgetting Lola’s rushed efforts, why give a start-up team a place on next years grid? Lotus only have 6 months to get the car on the track, and Mike Gascoyne has already admitted that the car will be released “late” and has admitted that this may lead to reliability issues.

  13. Prisoner Monkeys said on 16th September 2009, 9:54

    Also, as has been pointed out, the picture of the model is a pre-2009 spec car. It was obviously made at least a year ago, long before this project was even considered.

  14. UnicornF1 said on 16th September 2009, 10:18

    some people here say that these colors are from the Malaysian flag…???
    Please explain if you can… I don’t see the connection
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Malaysia

  15. Patrickl said on 16th September 2009, 11:01

    Lol, it’s like someone barfed paint over that poor car.

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