The Renault team is to switch to a British racing licence this season on the back of its tie-up with car manufacturer Lotus, AUTOSPORT can reveal.
The Enstone-based outfit has raced as a French outfit for the past few seasons, but with Lotus now playing a central part in its future plans it is to switch its official team nationality before the start of the season.
The move means that if Renault is successful in its ambitions to win a race then the British national anthem will be played for the winning constructor.
Renault team principal Eric Boullier said the change of licence was important not only because of the Lotus tie-up but because of what it meant to the Enstone staff.
"Lotus is an English manufacturer," he told AUTOSPORT after the unveiling of the 2011 Renault colour scheme at the AUTOSPORT International Show. "I have not announced this before, but we will be running under a British licence now.
"It means that if we win, we will play the British national anthem - and that is important for everybody inside the team. We are rebranding everything inside the company now."
The final version of the team's 2011 colour scheme revealed in Birmingham had some minor tweaks from the original impression released last year - including the removal of the small Union Jack flags from the nose.
When asked about why the flags had been removed, Boullier said: "It was nothing major. We wanted to make the announcement with the Union Jack, but clearly we have some French sponsors as well so we had to take consideration of everyone together."
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