Okay, so if both teams are to be named Lotus, there’s no way the FIA will allow it because you cannot have the same or similar-sounding names (yes, I know “Red Bull” and “Toro Rosso” mean the same thing, but they are do not sound the same). So I think Renault should be known as Gravity Lotus and Lotus Racing should be Fernandes Lotus. That’s the only way I can see both entries being able to enter a Lotus name.
If cheating/bullying is how Group Lotus start in F1 with Renault, how will they race? Now who was it cheated and had a deliberate crash? Ah yes they should fit well together Group Lotus and Renault.
I don’t think Group Lotus have any idea of how upset the UK fans are and will only find out when it is too late, because this has been very low profile.
Tony is already talking of renaming the team, and common journalist info seems to think it will be team Air Asia
So it looks like the heavyweight politics have already been done.
Notably no release from Renault on Thursday when they said they would confirm, nor from Tony on Friday.
But Tony said he does not want to drag it through the courts. BUT David Hunt is already in court over GLs brand grab and says he may yet take action against Lotus Renault if they emerge.
Should Group Lotus come to their senses their team could be called ProtonRenault. Ah if only Jean Marrie Ballestre were still here it would all be settled ;-) (in Renault’s favour of course, whatever they wanted)