Senna Signs With Lotus


The new Lotus-Renault F1 team (that's the one that used to be Renault, by the way, not the other one) has signed up Bruno Senna, meaning that once again a black-and-gold Lotus will be piloted by a man bearing the famous Brazilian surname.

But before you get too excited, the nephew of the late, great three-times F1 world champion Ayrton Senna is unlikely to be taking the new-age Lotus to the top step of the podium - he's only been enlisted as reserve driver for 2011.

Still, it is a neat nostalgic tie-in - Ayrton was the last man to take the original Lotus F1 team to a win, back in 1987.

It's also probably a good move for Bruno Senna, too - his first season at the struggling Hispania Racing team was distinctly patchy.

"It's a really exciting opportunity from both Group Lotus and Lotus Renault GP," said Senna. "To be able to develop my Formula One career within a World Championship winning organisation and to do so in conjunction with some hugely interesting work for such an iconic sports car company as Lotus is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Lotus has placed a great deal of faith in me and I am looking forward to beginning work on the technical side of our relationship."

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  • pits 01 Feb 2011

    No, he has signed with Renault in a Lotus road car sponsored Renault, if he had signed with Lotus he would be in a green and yellow car.




    ETA: I fixed your story for you tongue outbeerthumbup
    PH Article said:
    The new Lotus-Renault F1 team (that's the one that used to be Renault, by the way, not the other one) has signed up Bruno Senna, meaning that for the first time ever a black-and-gold Renault will be piloted by a man bearing the famous Brazilian surname.

    But before you get too excited, the nephew of the late, great three-times F1 world champion Ayrton Senna is unlikely to be taking the new-age Renault with a Lotus sponsor to the top step of the podium - he's only been enlisted as reserve driver for 2011.

    Still, it is a not really a nostalgic tie-in - Ayrton was the last man to take the original Lotus F1 team to a win, back in 1987, this of course has nothing what so ever to do with the Renault team, apart from the car has been hideously painted to resemble a Lotus, even though it is a Renault

    It's also probably a good move for Bruno Senna, too - his first season at the struggling Hispania Racing team was distinctly patchy.

    "It's a really exciting opportunity from both Group Lotus and Lotus Renault GP," said Senna. "To be able to develop my Formula One career within a World Championship winning organisation and to do so in conjunction with some hugely interesting work for such an iconic sports car company as Lotus is a once in a lifetime opportunity, as that is what Lotus are, a sports car company, they have no relation to Team Lotus the F1 racing team. LotusRenault has placed a great deal of faith in me and I am looking forward to beginning work on the technical side of our relationship."
    Edited by pits on Tuesday 1st February 10:41

  • AllNines 01 Feb 2011

    Oh don't be such a numpty. rolleyes

  • Hendry 01 Feb 2011

    pits said:
    If he had signed with Lotus he would be in a green and yellow car.
    I think you mean to same Team Lotus. The green and yellow cars cannot be called "Lotus" because they have no rights to that name.

    By the way, is no one commenting on Senna signing with the team who sacked him and he then had legal wranglings with over the Crashgate affair? All forgiven on both sides I'm assuming.

  • CraigyMc 01 Feb 2011

    AllNines said:
    Oh don't be such a numpty. rolleyes
    To be fair to him, I think he has a point.

    Neither of the Lotus teams are really the old lotus team, but the Mike Gascgoine-based effort is closer to Lotus of old than the rebranded Renault one, in my opinion.

    It is at least based in Norfolk, using local staff, run by a technical guru-in-chief. They run the lotus racing badge because of the tie-in with the family.

    The Renault team is still based in Enstone with loads of the same staff since the Benetton days. It's the team of Schumacher and Alonso. No history with Lotus either, but has a different structure to how Lotus ran their stuff. They run the badge because of the sponsorship agreement from Dany Bahar's Lotus Cars company.

    It's a shame that there's so much acrimony about, as opposed to people being happy about 4 Lotus-renaults on the grid.

    C

  • sootyrumble 01 Feb 2011

    Hendry said:
    I think you mean to same Team Lotus. The green and yellow cars cannot be called "Lotus" because they have no rights to that name.

    By the way, is no one commenting on Senna signing with the team who sacked him and he then had legal wranglings with over the Crashgate affair? All forgiven on both sides I'm assuming.
    I believe they are the only one with the rights to that name as they leased it for 5 years, hence the huge court battle which will be heard in February, they are sueing Lotus (Hethel Lotus that is :-) ) for breach of contract

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