Debates and polls
Two different teams are locked in a dispute over who has the right to use the Lotus name.
Both intend to use cars in classic black-and-gold John Player Special Lotus colours in 2011.
Who do you think are the real Lotus? Cast your vote and have your say below.
The team entered into F1 by Tony Fernandes in 2010. Fernandes bought the licence to use the name ‘Lotus’ from Proton, owners of Group Lotus, in 2009.
Lotus Racing has always considered itself a continuation of the classic Team Lotus and marked its 500th Grand Prix start at Valencia this year.
Fernandes acquired the rights to use the name Team Lotus from David Hunt in September. Hunt has owned them since the original team collapsed at the end of 1994.
The company which builds Lotus road cars was historically separate from the racing team.
They have now agreed a title sponsorship deal with Renault and have become an equity partner in their F1 team.
They plan to call the team Lotus Renault GP.
Over to you
Which team do you consider the rightful user of the name ‘Lotus’? Cast your vote and have you say below.
Who are the real 'Lotus' in F1?
- Lotus Racing (65%)
- Lotus Cars (17%)
- Neither (18%)
Total Voters: 4,056
Lotus naming rights row
- Lotus to keep name until 2017 despite losing title sponsorship
- Lotus confirms 2012 name change to Caterham
- Renault, Lotus and Virgin to change names in 2012
- Bahar ‘determined’ to win right to call team ‘Lotus’
- Court rules Lotus have right to use name “Team Lotus”
- Fernandes: Group Lotus did their best to destroy us
- Lotus vs Lotus: Time to stop the nonsense
- Team Lotus revert to green and yellow livery for 2011
- Renault reveal R30 with new 2011 Lotus livery
- Who are the real ‘Lotus’ in F1? (Poll)