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Claudio Berro Named Lotus Motorsport Director

Negative CamberCorrespondent IOctober 28, 2009

VALENCIA - MAY 20:  B.A.R-Honda driver Jacques Villeneuve of Canada drives the Lotus 72D during the Lucky Strike Retro Project held in Valencia, Spain on May 20, 2002. (Photo by JPR/Getty Images)

I’m not sure what he’ll be doing, but it's about Lotus, so I am all too happy to report it.

Lotus has appointed Claudio Berro as its new Director of Motorsport for their 2010 F1 team. Berro has held the same post for Ferrari, Maserati, Fiat, and Abarth before running the Speedcar Race Series.

Lotus have already managed to impress the FIA with solid backing from the Malaysians, a wind tunnel model, and—oh—they hired that guy…what’s his name? Oh right, Mike Gascoyne. Here’s keeping our collective fingers crossed.

Berro:

"Lotus has a peerless motorsport heritage, not just in Formula 1, but we have also won in sportscar racing, saloon car racing, world rally championships, Le Mans, and the Indy 500.

"There is no other car company in the world which can lay claim to so many accolades and championships in such a wide variety of motorsport fields, and I am looking forward to re-introducing Lotus to high level motorsport to not only compete and win but also to demonstrate the shared technology between Lotus sportscars and future racing cars.

"I am delighted that Claudio is joining us as director of motorsport. He has a proven track record of not only setting up and managing the motorsport’s divisions within sportscar brands, but also winning championships in GT racing and rallying.

"His skills will be very valuable as we look to return Lotus to high level motorsport around the world."

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