Lotus F1 Racing car design.

Lotus F1 Racing car design.

Lotus F1 Racing today announced three senior appointments to its team as the Malaysia-based motorsport team gears up for its debut season in the 2010 FIA Formula 1 World Championship.

Motorsports Association of Malaysia (MAM) Chief Operating Officer, Mia Sharizman Ismail was appointed Lotus F1 Racing’s Head of Operations (Asia), former Malaysian F1 driver Alex Foong as Head of Driver Development (Asia) alongside United Kingdom-based Litespeed Formula 3 Team Principal Nino Judge as the Head of Driver Development (Europe).

Lotus F1 Racing Team Principal Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes, in a press release here, said: “These new senior appointments will be a great boost for Lotus F1 Racing. The team have achieved many important milestones and we are on track to be on the grid in Bahrain next year.”

Mia would oversee selected areas of the team’s operations including promotion, nurturing alliances with motorsports bodies in the region, and tasked with studying the team’s race operations currently based in United Kingdom with the aim of transferring knowledge and expertise back to Malaysia.

Yoong and Judge will co-host Lotus F1 Racing’s driver development programme with the aim of nurturing young drivers programme for future development in Malaysia, Asia and Europe.

Lotus F1 Racing is operated by 1Malaysia Racing Team Sdn Bhd.

The team are placed 18th and 19th in the full entry list of constructors and drivers announced by Federation of International Automobile (FIA) on Nov 30.

Lotus F1 Racing was announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in September and Lotus F1 Racing will be one of the new teams to FIA Formula 1 World Championship in 2010 season.

Lotus F1 Racing will be flying the Malaysian flag in the championship with full support from the Malaysian government and the team is fully financed by Malaysian entrepreneurs. — BERNAMA