Jarno Trulli, Lotus, Korea, 2010

High Court to hear Lotus dispute next week

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

I’m visiting the Lotus factory in Norfolk today and next week the High Court will hear the dispute between the two teams claiming ownership of the Team Lotus name.


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SNR Denton and Macfarlanes prepare for Formula 1 branding battle (The Lawyer)

“A legal battle over who has the rights to use the Lotus brand in Formula 1 racing will hit the High Court next week.”

Lotus must score points in 2011, says chief Riad Asmat (BBC)

“This year, I’ve got shareholders on my neck saying it’s points time. We know where we need to be – that’s running with Toro Rosso and Sauber.”

Signing bottles of Andretti wine a treat for Mario on military tour (USA Today)

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Some interesting thoughts on yesterday’s Champion of Champions from Oliver. Make sure you read the full comment:

While [Alonso’s] talent is unquestionable, and he did enjoy a certain level of preference in his Renault stint, he has found himself in a situation where he has, at any given time, more than five drivers capable of operating at his level and also with quality machinery.

As a matter of fact, the quality of drivers is to high that it is sometimes hard to establish when the machinery is deficient. It is this very reason that has prevented Alonso from enjoying any form of dominance in F1. It is also this same reason that has prevented Schumacher decimating the field as he once used to do.

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