Team Lotus revert to green and yellow livery for 2011

2011 F1 season

Heikki Kovalainen, Lotus, Interlagos, 2010

Heikki Kovalainen, Lotus, Interlagos, 2010

Lotus will not change to a black-and-gold livery in 2011, according to Tony Fernandes.

The team principal stated on Twitter the team will stick with its green and yellow colour scheme next year:

After lots of thought. The shareholders, Riad [Asmat] and Mike [Gascoyne] have decided we will stay with green and yellow for next season. Silly to have four black and gold cars.

With Formula One going green what better to have green. Also to many negative comments on cigarettes.
Tony Fernandes

Team Lotus had run a competition for fans to design a black and gold livery for the 2011 season.

But earlier this week Renault announced its deal with Group Lotus and revealed plans to use a black and gold colour scheme for 2011.

The two outfits are still in dispute over the use of the name ‘Lotus’.

Update: According to Mike Gascoyne the team will still produce a black and gold ‘show car’:

Tony saying we may stay with the green and yellow. To all those who entered the black and gold logo competition don’t worry, we will paint a show car in the winning colours come what may.
Mike Gascoyne

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69 comments on Team Lotus revert to green and yellow livery for 2011

  1. Icthyes (@icthyes) said on 11th December 2010, 18:33

    JPS wasn’t that great a livery and would have/will look a bit pants on today’s F1 cars. Renault’s concept was better than the photoshops I’ve seen of Team Lotus anyway.

  2. Chippie said on 12th December 2010, 0:05

    YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m so happy!

  3. CarsVsChildren said on 12th December 2010, 0:21

    Does anyone else get the impression that this is one giant game of chess?

    I have no evidence for this whatsoever, but is it not possible that Fernandes has pulled a fast one here?

    I think it is possible that he knew the JPS brand was still for sale, and that painting the cars those colors would raise the ire of the thought police, creating negative publicity for his despised rivals.

    So he pressured ProtonLotus into making an announcement, and then quickly retreated back to British Racing Green and Gold, therefore making himself look like the pragmatist/ bigger man.

    Has anyone actually seen a valid reason for them painting their car black and gold anyway? He basically explains it by saying “we thought we would run the cars in a different color this year” Rubbish. The man is a marketing genius and he knows you do not build up a brand by switching the logos and colors every 12 months.

    However if it was a part of a plan to get ProtonLotus into trouble, well played squire.

  4. DavidS said on 12th December 2010, 5:42

    Sticking with the Green and Yellow means that the casual fan will associate Fernandes’ team as the first Lotus of this era. Group Lotus, by choosing a colour scheme that is fresh on the grid will appear to be the copycats.

  5. MGPW01 said on 12th December 2010, 14:24

    How do you enter the Lotus racing livery/logo competion?
    I’ve got a design but don’t know what to do?
    Thanks to anyone who responds.

  6. One sensible call in this whole matter, since having four cars in the same livery would have been very confusing, or even could have suggested closer ties between the two teams to the more or less uninformed outsider that there apparently are going to be. Now, at least both teams have made their intentions clear to call back to different eras of the original team.

  7. MGPW01 said on 12th December 2010, 21:36

    Please, how do you enter the Lotus Racing livery competion? Or has it already finished?
    Thanks

  8. MGPW01 said on 12th December 2010, 21:38

    On the subject of the Lotus argument, i’d like to say that to me the true lotus team is Tony Fernandes’ one because they haven’t been childish over liveries like Lotus Renault, what would Colin Chapman of thought about Group Lotus?

    • Aramis said on 13th December 2010, 0:27

      Wait a minute, so Team Lotus copy Group Lotus on the black/gold, Team Lotus start a competition they don’t finish, Team Lotus backtrack on the livery and then Team Lotus try and stir up tobacco controversy under the black/gold livery and somehow you think Group Lotus are the childish ones?

      Well that’s a bit rich.

  9. Electrolite said on 13th December 2010, 0:36

    I enjoy seeing green on the grid. I’m glad.

  10. Going with the Green and Yellow is the right decision.

    The only reason Chapman went with the iconic black and gold (which I still love) is because it paid the bills.
    I think Tony, Gascoyne and the Team has done a wonderful job bringing my team back to the grid and I’m absolutely thrilled.

    I’d be perfectly happy with AirAsia colors or another major sponsor, that said Green and Gold looks great!

    Group Lotus is just interested in an advertising vehicle – nothing else. They have no soul and while I was previously inclined to some day own a Lotus I’m not so sure anymore.

  11. Daffid said on 14th December 2010, 2:14

    Names-wise people will go with what the commentators say:
    If nothing is settled by the start of the season I reckon Brundle (+ whoever is his sidekick) will call Team Lotus – Lotus, and Group Lotus – Renault.

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