Gascoyne Rewarded With Lotus Contract Till 2015
Mike Gascoyne, one of the best known technical figures in the F1 paddock has been rewarded with a new contract with the Lotus team. It will keep him with the Norfolk/Malaysia based outfit until 2015.
Having worked previously with Jordan, Toyota and Spyker – Gascoyne brought a wealth of experience to the table as he helped Tony Fernandes realise his dream and get Lotus into Formula One for this season.
“Mike’s five-year deal is a major announcement for the whole Lotus Racing team,” said team boss Tony Fernandes.
“It shows just how serious we are, not only about how far ahead we are setting our aspirations, but also as a reward to Mike for the incredibly hard work he and the team have already put in to get us from literally four people back in September ’09 to our current position as a serious F1 player with a very bright future ahead of us.
“On a personal level, I’ve really enjoyed the last year that we’ve been working together, and I’m very excited about working with Mike for many years to come.”
Gascoyne added: “Having started the team from scratch with Tony it was always my intention to finish my career here, so it’s great to have formally agreed a five year deal. I’d like to extend my sincere thanks to Tony, Din, Nasa, Riad and the whole team, and I’m extremely grateful to everyone involved in Lotus Racing for having the confidence to take this into a long-term contract.
“We’ve had a great start to our partnership together, and I’m looking forward to continuing that for the next five years, and even beyond that.”