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. 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.

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

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

  3. 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.

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

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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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