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Ferrari: No issue with Lotus name change

Lotus RenaultFerrari is happy to see Team Lotus and Renault change names next year, but has made it clear it wants a framework laid out to ensure that such identity swaps do not become regular.

A meeting of the Formula 1 Commission in Geneva on November 3 will vote on whether or not Team Lotus can become Caterham, and Renault can switch to Lotus, for 2012.

Ahead of that meeting, AUTOSPORT recently revealed that Ferrari, Sauber and HRT have asked for clarification about the name change situation going forward, to prevent teams regularly altering their monikers.

The name change situation was discussed in a meeting of the Formula One Teams' Association (FOTA) in Korea last weekend, and Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali confirmed that his outfit told its rivals it would not stand in the way of the name changes this time.

"We don't have an issue on that," said Domenicali. "But we want to clarify the fact that for the future we need to put certain rules in place in order to make sure that this is not becoming every two weeks a trade off position that some teams can use.

"We need to make sure that there is something that is relevant for the promoter. On one side, we think that for the benefit, to have two Lotuses can cause confusion, but we need to establish the rules to say, yes we can do it, or sorry that is not possible."

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