Lotus has issued a statement distancing the team from a Bahrain press release that threw a positive light on events in the country.
BIC quoted a report from Lotus employees who recently visited Bahrain and who implied that the race should go ahead.
Lotus had not given BIC permission for those quotes to be used publicly. The team said tonight:
“Earlier today, the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) issued a press release attributing quotes to our team showing support for the Bahrain GP. These quotes were part of a full internal and confidential working document, that was also sent on a confidential basis to all F1 team managers last week.
“Lotus F1 Team is one of 12 contestants of the Formula 1 World Championship and we would never try to substitute ourselves for the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), which is the only party entitled to determine if a Grand Prix should go ahead or not, and we endorse the FOTA statement that was issued earlier to this effect.”
The Lotus quotes can be found here: