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Posted on Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Bahar: Raikkonen deserves to have higher value than normal driver

Speaking to a group of journalists at a media lunch in London on Monday, Group Lotus CEO Dany Bahar talked about Kimi Raikkonen's commercial value, the reasons behind hiring the 2007 Formula 1 world champion and the team's expectations of their number one driver next season. "Kimi is Kimi, and he is a world champion in F1. He deserves definitely to have a higher value than a normal driver, just because he is Kimi Raikkonen. It is always a big amount of money when you […]

Posted on Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Caterham to keep green and yellow Lotus livery

Team Lotus will retain its green and yellow identity in formula one next year despite being reborn as Caterham. Group Lotus and the Tony Fernandes-led team jointly announced on Wednesday that the bitter naming dispute and legal battles have been called off. The deal, ending amicably according to a media statement, results in Renault becoming Lotus in 2012 and Team Lotus adopting the name of Fernandes' recent acquisition Caterham, a niche British lightweight sports car maker. It means full control of the historic Lotus name […]

Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2011

Proton denies selling Lotus to Renault owner Genii

Group Lotus owner Proton has denied the British sports car maker is being sold to formula one team owner Genii. Last week, Lotus boss Dany Bahar failed to quell speculation that Genii, the Gerard Lopez-led owner of the Enstone based Renault team, is poised to take over its title sponsor Lotus. "I can only say this," said Bahar, "when we made the announcement about our involvement in Lotus Renault GP we made it clear that this was the start of a close relationship and this […]

Posted on Sunday, October 9, 2011

Renault name change looming admits Boullier

Team boss Eric Boullier has confirmed that Renault plans to change its name for the 2012 season. With there currently being a team called Team Lotus competing against Group Lotus-sponsored Renault, the parties have been seeking a solution. It appears the plans are for Team Lotus to adopt the name of owner Tony Fernandes' carmaker Caterham for next season, with Renault becoming the sole Lotus. But name changes are not encouraged in F1, meaning that the proposal will need to be approved by the sport's […]

Posted on Saturday, September 24, 2011

Money a factor as Team Lotus eyes 2012 name change

Sep.24 (GMM) Team Lotus is yet to decide whether to change its official name for the 2012 season and beyond.

In an apparent end to the naming dispute, it was rumoured at Monza two weeks ago that Team Lotus had agreed to instead call itself Caterham, ...

Posted on Tuesday, September 20, 2011

New simulator for Renault

Enstone based F1 team Renault plans to have a new driver simulator up and running in time for the 2012 season. The outfit announced on Monday that the local council has granted permission for the new facility to be situated next to the upgraded wind tunnel. Renault, whose existing simulator was once derided by then team driver Fernando Alonso as no better than a Playstation, said "building work will begin imminently". "The confirmation that our simulator is on the way is further evidence of our […]

Posted on Thursday, September 15, 2011

Boullier admits 'plan B' talks with Cosworth

Sep.15 (GMM) Eric Boullier has confirmed reports that the Genii-owned formula one team, currently known as Renault, held recent talks with independent engine supplier Cosworth.

Seemingly confirming rumours that the Enstone based team will soon drop t...

Posted on Sunday, September 11, 2011

Fernandes hints at Team Lotus name change

Sep.11 (GMM) Tony Fernandes has hinted strongly that he will drop the Team Lotus name for his formula one team ahead of the 2012 season.

The Malaysian entrepreneur has been locked in a bitter dispute with Renault sponsor Group Lotus but won the legal...

Posted on Thursday, September 1, 2011

Alesi happy with Spa/France alternating proposal

Sep.1 (GMM) Jean Alesi has welcomed news his native France looks set to rejoin the formula one calendar.

It is expected that, three years after Magny Cours dropped off the schedule, France will return in 2013 with a single annual date to be alternate...

Posted on Saturday, August 27, 2011

Team Lotus name and logo stays same for now

Aug.27 (GMM) Speculation reported on Friday about the future of Team Lotus' identity might have been wide of the mark.

The Finnish newspaper Turun Sanomat said Tony Fernandes' outfit will probably be renamed Caterham Team AirAsia for 2012, with the L...

Posted on Friday, August 26, 2011

Team Lotus to be Caterham Team AirAsia

Aug.26 (GMM) Tony Fernandes' formula one team will probably be renamed 'Caterham Team AirAsia' ahead of the 2012 season.

And Turun Sanomat correspondent Heikki Kulta also reports that, as the long naming dispute with Proton's Group Lotus comes to an ...

Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2011

Judge rejected Group Lotus appeal - Fernandes

Jun.23 (GMM) Renault sponsor Group Lotus has apparently lost the right to appeal the outcome of the recent naming dispute.

In London's High Court last month, Tony Fernandes' separate Team Lotus formula one outfit won the court action concerning the u...