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 Post subject: Re: 2011 Formula 1 Season - Official Discussion Thread
PostPosted: 08 Dec 2010, 07:58  
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Clever marketing from Hublot and Bernie there.

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 Post subject: Re: 2011 Formula 1 Season - Official Discussion Thread
PostPosted: 08 Dec 2010, 09:06  
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Group Lotus unveils F1 plans with Renault
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Group Lotus has ramped up its involvement in Formula 1 by becoming title sponsor and a major shareholder in the rebranded Lotus Renault GP Team.

As AUTOSPORT exclusively revealed in October, Renault has revised its F1 strategy by selling the stake it had in its F1 team back to co-owners Genii Capital and will now focus on being just an engine supplier.

That move has allowed Genii to sell a stake to Group Lotus - which has led to a renaming of the outfit and a move for the team's colours to be in iconic black and gold next year.

The title sponsorship deal with Group Lotus is due to run until the end of the 2017 season, with Renault committing to supply engines to the team for a number of years.

Gerard Lopez, chairman of Renault F1 Team, said about the deal: "We are delighted that we can now go public with the news that we will be racing as Lotus Renault GP in 2011.

"It is extremely exciting to begin a new era for the team in partnership with Group Lotus, and we will continue to enjoy a strong relationship with Renault over the coming seasons. It is a tribute to the excellent work this year by the team in Enstone that we have been able to attract both major sponsorship and new investment for a very bright future."

The announcement of Group Lotus' plans for 2011 comes despite Tony Fernandes pushing on with his plans to race as Team Lotus next year - with his outfit now also having Renault engines and set to run in black and gold colours.

Group Lotus CEO Dany Bahar, who has been pushing aggressively for his company's return to motorsport, added: "I can think of no better platform for automotive brand communications than motorsport and F1 is the very pinnacle of open-wheel racing.

"We're well aware that there has been a lot of controversy around the usage of our brand in F1 and I'm delighted to be able to formally clarify our position once and for all: we are Lotus and we are back."

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 Post subject: Re: 2011 Formula 1 Season - Official Discussion Thread
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So What next for Other "Lotus Team" ???

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 Post subject: Re: 2011 Formula 1 Season - Official Discussion Thread
PostPosted: 08 Dec 2010, 09:39  
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Group Lotus unveils F1 plans with Renault
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Group Lotus has ramped up its involvement in Formula 1 by becoming title sponsor and a major shareholder in the rebranded Lotus Renault GP Team.

As AUTOSPORT exclusively revealed in October, Renault has revised its F1 strategy by selling the stake it had in its F1 team back to co-owners Genii Capital and will now focus on being just an engine supplier.

That move has allowed Genii to sell a stake to Group Lotus - which has led to a renaming of the outfit and a move for the team's colours to be in iconic black and gold next year.

The title sponsorship deal with Group Lotus is due to run until the end of the 2017 season, with Renault committing to supply engines to the team for a number of years.

Gerard Lopez, chairman of Renault F1 Team, said about the deal: "We are delighted that we can now go public with the news that we will be racing as Lotus Renault GP in 2011.

"It is extremely exciting to begin a new era for the team in partnership with Group Lotus, and we will continue to enjoy a strong relationship with Renault over the coming seasons. It is a tribute to the excellent work this year by the team in Enstone that we have been able to attract both major sponsorship and new investment for a very bright future."

The announcement of Group Lotus' plans for 2011 comes despite Tony Fernandes pushing on with his plans to race as Team Lotus next year - with his outfit now also having Renault engines and set to run in black and gold colours.

Group Lotus CEO Dany Bahar, who has been pushing aggressively for his company's return to motorsport, added: "I can think of no better platform for automotive brand communications than motorsport and F1 is the very pinnacle of open-wheel racing.

"We're well aware that there has been a lot of controversy around the usage of our brand in F1 and I'm delighted to be able to formally clarify our position once and for all: we are Lotus and we are back."

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Great livery, back to JPS days.
Just to clarify, Renault will continue to race in F1 under the Genii Capital group?
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 Post subject: Re: 2011 Formula 1 Season - Official Discussion Thread
PostPosted: 08 Dec 2010, 09:53  
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Autosport's Top 10:
10. Kobayashi
9. Glock
8. Barrichello
7. Rosberg
6. Button
5. Webber
4. Vettel
3. Alonso
2. Kubica
1. Hamilton

Pitpass.com's Top 10:
1. Vettel
2. Hamilton
3. Alonso
4. Kubica
5. Webber
6. Rosberg
7. Button
8. Kobayashi
9. Barrichello
10. Glock

Some interesting choices...

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 Post subject: Re: 2011 Formula 1 Season - Official Discussion Thread
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Great livery, back to JPS days.
Just to clarify, Renault will continue to race in F1 under the Genii Capital group?

Not very clear yet...

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 Post subject: Re: 2011 Formula 1 Season - Official Discussion Thread
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cheng.damien wrote:
Great livery, back to JPS days.
Just to clarify, Renault will continue to race in F1 under the Genii Capital group?

Not very clear yet...


I think that it can be the beginning of the end of this team. Shame that Kubica might be in the middle of it.
considering that neither Proton nor Lotus Road cars are profitable, it might last for a season or two. Hardly any longer.

Can it be the end of Petrov's F1 adventure? I think it can.

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So now we Have Group Lotus and Team Lotus? and they want to use the same livery?
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 Post subject: Re: 2011 Formula 1 Season - Official Discussion Thread
PostPosted: 08 Dec 2010, 14:46  
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I don't think Bernie will allow it. Surely today's announcement means that Fernandes has relented...

Btw, Total have ruined that livery

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 Post subject: Re: 2011 Formula 1 Season - Official Discussion Thread
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@MikeGascoyne : Lotus, just like buses, you wait for ages and then 2 come along at once

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I did like the yellow of the Renault R30, but the livery looks nice. I hope Team Lotus therefore stick with green & yellow...

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I think Renault have gone from having one of the most hideous liveries to one of the most beautiful....
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@MikeGascoyne : Lotus, just like buses, you wait for ages and then 2 come along at once

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Danny Bahar of Group Lotus has said that Vitaly Petrov is likely to be retained
Colin Kolles confirmed HRT are manufacturing a car and have talked to Valsecchi about a drive. Drivers might not be announced until the Wednesday of Bahrain.

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