The futures of Lotus and the other Lotus
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The futures of Lotus and the other Lotus

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With rumours flying around about Lotus Cars future involvement in the Renault F1 team, and the on-going battle between the company and the Lotus Racing team, Dieter Rencken considers the future for both

Last week, my colleague Tony Dodgins unearthed some rather complicated goings-on at Renault, suggesting Lotus Cars was intent on purchasing a slice of Renault F1 Team with a view to rebranding the entity Lotus Renault.

Then, on Friday in Brazil, Renault Sport confirmed that, in addition to its 'own' team and Red Bull Racing, its Viry-Chatillon Formula 1 engine facility would be supplying Renault-branded power units to the Tony Fernandes-led Lotus Racing.

Logically, the progeny should go under the Lotus Renault banner, end of story. Except that it is not even the beginning. Renault Sport not once referred to Lotus in its release (calling Fernandez's outfit 1Malaysia Racing Team (UK) Ltd, its registered, not sporting, name).

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