Team Lotus And Renault F1 Renamed


Team Lotus and Lotus Renault GP (that's Renault to thee and me) have finally settled their long-running dispute over the use of the Lotus name after F1 bosses agreed that Renault could change the name of its cars to Lotus for 2012.

Team Lotus, meanwhile, will run Caterhams next year (after team owner Tony Fernandes bought out the British sports car company earlier this year) and will change their official name to reflect that.

Oh, and the Virgin team will now officially run Marussia chassis. But you probably don't really care all that much about that...

So remember: Team Lotus, nee Lotus Racing, is now Caterham. And Renault, nee Benetton (or possibly even Toleman), and also called Lotus Renault GP, is now Lotus. Clear? Good...

And whatever the names of the cars lining up on the grid in 2012, at least we won't have two entirely separate teams with Lotus badges and Renault engines...

 

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  • Ekona 03 Nov 2011

    Tony Fernandes' team will always get my backing, and the other lot will always be Renault to me.

    Caterham in F1 does still seem a bit weird, mind.

  • Mr Noble 03 Nov 2011

    Thank God for that!!

  • AllNines 03 Nov 2011

    Ekona said:
    Tony Fernandes' team will always get my backing, and the other lot will always be Toleman to me.

    Caterham in F1 does still seem a bit weird, mind.
    EFA?

    Hoorah, by the way!

  • patmahe 03 Nov 2011

    Now they should swap colour schemes, just to keep the confusion going thumbup Catheram (Lotus) team my favourite of the two smile I think Renault (Lotus) did themselves no favours with this pathetic posturing excercise.

  • Mermaid 03 Nov 2011

    patmahe said:
    ...I think Renault (Lotus) did themselves no favours with this pathetic posturing excercise.
    They won the argument , but they lost people's affection IMO.

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