This is F1Minute - Tony Fernandes takes over football team Queens Park Rangers.
Team Lotus chief Tony Fernandes has completed a deal to take a majority stake in the Queens Park Rangers football club. Fernandes was spotted sitting next to former Renault boss and now former QPR owner Flavio Briatore at the team’s opening Premier League game. Unfortunately, they were trounced by Bolton, 4-0, and Briatore did not stay until the end of the match.
Fernandes did stay the distance, and has talked of his excitement at the new venture: “Talk is easy, but I’m either zero or 100 % and I’m going to put my maximum into this. I’m very excited. Whether we win or lost, even if it’s 4 or 5 one week, I’ll still be there to the end.”
It’s perhaps also worth noting that the Fernandes’ owned Tune Group sponsor the Match Officials for the Premier League as well.
Meanwhile, their Group Lotus rival have been confirmed as sponsors of the Norwich City Football Club, with a five-season partnership beginning this year. Dany Behar said of the deal: “No one can deny the global appeal of football and this partnership with our local heroes Norwich City Football Club will provide us with a new platform to talk to future Lotus fans.”
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References Caterham F1 Team, Lotus Racing, Team Lotus
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