First of all, I did not realise that Proton and 1Maylasia were not related entities. I had been thinking that these were both government backed and therefore had the resources of each other at hand. I started to suspect this might not be the case after the development of the (F1 inspired) Lotus T125 did not involve the F1 team in any way. Then now there is the news that the name "Lotus" is just being leased by Proton, for a fee, of course.
Obviously the purchase of "Team Lotus" will save Tony Fernandes a few bob, by not having to pay Proton for rights; however, now, Proton are disputing the validity of this assumption.
The whole affair reminds me of a bad chairman at a football club, where blunders are common and mostly played out through the press. First there was all this Force India wind tunnel business and now the naming issue with Proton. A good chairman should avoid airing all this dirty laundry is public as, most of all, investors will be less likely to get involved if they see blunder after blunder filling press column inches.
To be fair to TF, he does seem to have done a good deal with switching engine suppliers. Cosworth seem appeased, and I assume a new Renault deal will be in the pipeline soon. More of this sensible, low key, management is what is required for Lotus.
"Words are for meaning: when you've got the meaning, you can forget the words." - Chuang Tzu