Heikki Kovalainen, Caterham Seven, Duxford, 2011

Lotus deal “a dream come true” – Caterham boss

2011 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Heikki Kovalainen, Caterham Seven, Duxford, 2011
Heikki Kovalainen, Caterham Seven, Duxford, 2011

Caterham managing director Anser Ali says his company’s deal with Lotus is a “dream come true”.

Speaking to F1 Fanatic during the announcement of the deal yesterday Ali said: “It’s unbelievably special, to the point where I keep using the word ‘surreal’.

“It’s a dream come true for me, as someone who’s got a huge responsibility for over a hundred people at Caterham, and millions of enthusiasts and customers who follow everything that we do. I’d like to think – and I’m fairly certain – they are fully supportive of what we’re doing.

“It’s a natural progression, it’s an obvious one in my mind. But what was important for me is having met Tony and, now, having spent a lot of time with him, his passion is not too dissimilar to mine. He understands what the brand is about, he understands the philosophy and, more importantly, he wants to build on that and not compromise it in any way.”

Asked how long getting into F1 had been a goal of his he said: “I have to confess it hadn’t been!

“That’s why this is quite a dream. To say it’s an added bonus, again, would be an understatement.

“I was looking more at the man of Tony Fernandes, as a passionate enthusiast of any business that he gets behind, rather than Formula 1. That might come across as somewhat short-sighted, but the fact that Formula 1 comes in tow is quite surreal.”

He added they plan to incorporate the Caterham branding on the Lotus F1 cars: “I think going forward that is certainly on the cards.

“Clearly there are some sensitivities around that but there’s no doubt being able to leverage the Caterham brand off the Formula 1 platform, and the global audience it has, is something I’m very much looking forward to.”

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