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Autosport editor says Fernandes' Lotus effort 'cynical'

Mike Gascoyne has slammed the authoritative motor racing magazine Autosport for its recent coverage of the Lotus saga. The magazine raised eyebrows with its December cover by insisting that Group Lotus linking up with Renault for 2011 means "The...

Mike Gascoyne has slammed the authoritative motor racing magazine Autosport for its recent coverage of the Lotus saga.

The magazine raised eyebrows with its December cover by insisting that Group Lotus linking up with Renault for 2011 means "The real Lotus is back".

"Lots of fans unhappy with the Autosport articles this week, me too," said Team Lotus' technical boss Mike Gascoyne on Twitter.

Gascoyne posted a link to what he described as the "unprofessional" reply of Autosport editor Andrew van de Burgt to the criticism of the allegedly biased coverage.

Writing on Team Lotus' official Facebook page, Burgt defended the "real Lotus" charge by insisting that Tony Fernandes' start-up effort in 2010 was "a cynical attempt to generate publicity and sponsorship".

"The Lotus buy-in of Renault is to promote and sell Lotus road and race cars -- the whole reason Chapman set up Team Lotus in the first place. No hoax. Stop over-reacting," he added.


See also: CLARIFICATION: Autosport editor says Fernandes' Lotus effort 'cynical'

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