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The toe-in-water origins of Lotus’s groundbreaking F1 journey Plus

The toe-in-water origins of Lotus’s groundbreaking F1 journey

In the first part of our history of Lotus, DAMIEN SMITH recalls how Formula 1 wasn’t an immediate priority for team founder Colin Chapman – but once he got a taste for it he just couldn’t stop…

The reluctant Lotus ace who was dropped for Clark Plus

The reluctant Lotus ace who was dropped for Clark

A firm believer that motor racing was a sport for gentlemen, Innes Ireland lived a spirited life. NIGEL ROEBUCK recalls a character whose outlook ceased to fit with modern Formula 1

Formula 1's great Lotus landmarks - Lotus 79 Plus

Formula 1's great Lotus landmarks - Lotus 79

As Formula 1 turns 70, Autosport is marking the occasion with a series of track test features in Lotus machinery that dominated the world championship in the '60s and '70s. In the final instalment of the series, Ben Anderson tries the Lotus 79

Formula 1's great Lotus landmarks - Lotus 72 Plus

Formula 1's great Lotus landmarks - Lotus 72

As Formula 1 turns 70, Autosport is marking the occasion with a series of track test features in Lotus machinery that dominated the world championship in the '60s and '70s. In the latest instalment of the series, Ben Anderson tried the Lotus 72

Formula 1's great Lotus landmarks - Lotus 49 Plus

Formula 1's great Lotus landmarks - Lotus 49

As Formula 1 turns 70, Autosport is marking the occasion with a series of track test features in Lotus machinery that dominated the world championship in the '60s and '70s. Following hot on the heels of the Lotus 25, Ben Anderson tried the Lotus 49

Formula 1's great Lotus landmarks - Lotus 25 Plus

Formula 1's great Lotus landmarks - Lotus 25

As Formula 1 turns 70, Autosport is marking the occasion with a series of track test features in Lotus machinery that dominated the world championship in the '60s and '70s. To start off, here's Ben Anderson's experience of the Lotus 25

Banned: The ingenious twin-chassis Lotus F1 car

The Lotus 88 was Colin Chapman's ingenious attempt to continue Team Lotus' reputation as an avant-garde pioneer in Formula 1, but his twin-chassis solution was banned before it could race

Ex-McLaren/Lotus F1 boss Boullier to be French GP managing director

Former McLaren and Lotus Formula 1 team boss Eric Boullier has increased his involvement with the French Grand Prix by becoming the event's managing director

Damon Hill drives Graham’s Monaco-winning Lotus in 1000th GP demo

Damon Hill drove the Lotus 49B with which his father Graham won the 1969 Monaco Grand Prix as part of Formula 1's 1000th Grand Prix celebrations in Shanghai

Why the last innovative Lotus was banned Plus

Why the last innovative Lotus was banned

The Lotus 88 could well have been the car to return the team to the sharp end of the F1 grid. But objections from officials and rival outfits meant Lotus never had the chance to show off the ingeniousness of its design

The Lotus legend who lived on opposite lock Plus

The Lotus legend who lived on opposite lock

Ahead of the 40th anniversary of his death at 1978 Italian Grand Prix, NIGEL ROEBUCK remembers Mr 'Opposite Lock,' aka 'Mad Ronald' - Ronnie Peterson

Robert Kubica set for first F1 test since accident in 2012 Lotus

Robert Kubica is set for his first Formula 1 test since the end of his grand prix racing career six years ago in a 2012-spec Lotus at Valencia on Tuesday

Lotus F1 team lost £57million in 2015 before Renault takeover

The Lotus Formula 1 team recorded a loss of £57million for 2015, recently published accounts have revealed

Renault's 2016 F1 car compromised by delayed takeover of Lotus

Renault's 2016 Formula 1 challenger is a "compromise" caused by the delay in confirming the takeover of Lotus, says technical director Nick Chester

Renault F1 team 'starved of resources' at end of Lotus era - Bell

Bob Bell believes Renault faces a lengthy period of catch-up in Formula 1 after returning to an Enstone team he claims has been "starved of resources"

Lotus F1 team stretched components' reliability limits in 2015

Alan Permane has conceded Lotus stretched the limits of reliability - but not safety - during a tough 2015 Formula 1 season

Renault has formally completed its takeover of the Lotus F1 team

Renault has finally completed its takeover of Lotus and will officially compete in Formula 1 from 2016 as a works entrant

Lotus Formula 1 team slashed £56million from debts in 2014

The Lotus Formula 1 team has managed to wipe just over £56million from its debts for 2014, Autosport can reveal

Renault will complete Lotus F1 takeover on December 16

Renault has confirmed it will conclude its purchase of Formula 1 team Lotus by December 16

Lotus F1 team prepares for High Court appearance on Monday

The Lotus Formula 1 team will make what it hopes will be its final High Court appearance on Monday after finally concluding a takeover deal with Renault

Renault confirms works Formula 1 return with Lotus takeover

Renault chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn has confirmed the manufacturer will return to Formula 1 in 2016 as a full-time works outfit

Renault completes takeover of Lotus F1 team

Renault is poised to confirm it will remain in Formula 1 after finally completing its purchase of Lotus, Autosport understands

Red Bull/Renault 2016 F1 deal secure even if Lotus talks collapse

Christian Horner is adamant Red Bull's Renault engine agreement for 2016 is bulletproof even if the French firm's Lotus takeover talks collapse and it pulls out of Formula 1

Renault takeover delay making Lotus Formula 1 team's life difficult

Lotus Formula 1 head of trackside operations Alan Permane says if the team has to wait much longer for news about the Renault takeover, its situation will become very difficult

Renault hopes to complete Lotus F1 takeover in week after Abu Dhabi

Renault hopes to be able to finalise its takeover of the Lotus team next week, according to its Formula 1 managing director Cyril Abiteboul

Bernie Ecclestone pays Lotus F1 team's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix bills

Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has been forced to step in and help Lotus guarantee its place in the season-closing Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Autosport can reveal

Lotus concerned with the direction of F1 if it's not overhauled

Lotus deputy team principal Federico Gastaldi is concerned about the direction Formula 1 is heading unless its business model is given an overhaul

2016 F1 season will be 'difficult' for Lotus/Renault - Maldonado

Pastor Maldonado admits his Lotus Formula 1 team is in for a difficult season next year even if Renault completes its takeover of the outfit

'Affected' by Paris attacks, Grosjean resolve moves Lotus F1 team

Romain Grosjean's Brazilian Grand Prix performance and fortitude in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris left a deep impression on the Lotus Formula 1 team

Maldonado penalty for Ericsson Interlagos clash 'harsh', says Lotus

Pastor Maldonado's penalty for colliding with Marcus Ericsson in the Brazilian Grand Prix was "harsh", believes Lotus trackside operations director Alan Permane

Lotus F1 team 'well progressed' with development of 2016 car

Lotus believes it is making significant progress on the development of its 2016 Formula 1 car ahead of the team's impending takeover by Renault

Renault personnel begin work at Lotus F1 team's Enstone base

Renault personnel have already started to integrate themselves back at Enstone ahead of the return of its works team to Formula 1 next season, Autosport can reveal

New Lotus recruit Jolyon Palmer feared for his Formula 1 career

Jolyon Palmer feared his Formula 1 career would be over before it had properly started amid the uncertainty surrounding Lotus's future

Jolyon Palmer gets 2016 Lotus Formula 1 race seat

Jolyon Palmer has been confirmed as Lotus's second driver for the 2016 Formula 1 season, replacing Romain Grosjean alongside Pastor Maldonado

Lotus F1 team capable of 'fighting' Ferrari - Pastor Maldonado

Lotus would have the potential to fight with Formula 1 rival Ferrari if it had the budget to develop its car, according to Pastor Maldonado

Lotus closing on replacement for Romain Grosjean for 2016 F1 season

Lotus is closing in on signing a driver to replace Romain Grosjean for 2016, with the team saying it has "a pretty good idea" who will partner Pastor Maldonado

Race seat or nothing in 2016 for Lotus F1 reserve Jolyon Palmer

Lotus reserve driver Jolyon Palmer is unlikely to remain in Formula 1 next year unless he can land one of the remaining race seats on the 2016 grid

Lotus eyes 'tasty drivers' as Romain Grosjean moves to Haas F1

Lotus is eyeing up "quite a few tasty drivers" as it seeks a replacement for Romain Grosjean following confirmation of his move this week to Formula 1 newcomer Haas

The real reasons Lotus must survive Plus

The real reasons Lotus must survive

There have been difficult times at the Lotus team as its future in F1 is resolved, but as LAWRENCE BARETTO explains, its talented staff have continued to work hard and help deliver results on track

Haas-bound Romain Grosjean will be "a loss" to Lotus F1 team

Romain Grosjean's expected departure to Formula 1 newcomer Haas will be "a loss" to Lotus, according to its trackside operations chief Alan Permane

High Court gives Lotus/Renault 10-week extension in HMRC case

The High Court case against Lotus has been adjourned until December 7 in the wake of Renault's confirmation it intends to take a controlling stake in the Formula 1 team

Renault signs letter of intent to take over Lotus F1 team for 2016

Renault has signed a letter of intent with the current owners of the Lotus Formula 1 team regarding its "potential" acquisition of the Enstone squad

Lotus/Renault talks key to Manor-Mercedes F1 engine deal for 2016

Mercedes motorsport chief Toto Wolff says a potential engine supply deal for Manor is on standby until current customer Lotus's future in Formula 1 is determined

Renault to step in and save Lotus F1 team from administration

Lotus will avoid becoming the latest Formula 1 team to fall into administration as future owner Renault is to step in with a last-minute reprieve on Monday, AUTOSPORT understands

Lotus F1 team 'in limbo' waiting for final HMRC High Court hearing

The Lotus Formula 1 team is confident of staving off administration, with a final deadline over unpaid debts to HMRC looming on Monday

Lotus F1 team's freight arrives late to Suzuka for Japanese GP

The Lotus Formula 1 team's freight arrived late for this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix and the outfit was also locked out of its hospitality unit following cash-flow problems

Lotus F1 team confirms Pastor Maldonado for 2016 season

Pastor Maldonado will continue with Lotus for a third Formula 1 season into 2016, bringing to an end speculation about the Venezuelan's future

Lotus F1 team given final reprieve by High Court

Lotus has earned a second and final reprieve in the High Court as it continues to fight for its future in Formula 1

Lotus F1 team wants first-lap caution from Grosjean and Maldonado

The Lotus Formula 1 team believes Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado need to be more cautious on the opening laps of grands prix after recent early exits

Don't believe negative rumours, says Lotus F1 deputy team principal

Lotus deputy team principal Federico Gastaldi has hit out at the negativity that continues to swirl around the Formula 1 team

Lotus F1 team sure it can avert HMRC court return with Renault deal

Lotus is confident of avoiding a return High Court date with HMRC as it closes in on resolving its future in Formula 1

Italian GP: Lotus F1 team forced to borrow tyre blankets

Lotus had to borrow tyre blankets from rival Formula 1 teams ahead of qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix after overnight rain rendered its own unusable

Lotus has budget to complete Formula 1 season, CEO Carter says

Lotus CEO Matthew Carter has confirmed the team has a budget in place to see out the remainder of the Formula 1 season

Renault talks leave Lotus F1 team in PDVSA invoice hold-up

The Lotus Formula 1 team's current financial crisis stems from it being unable to invoice key sponsor PDVSA due to ongoing negotiations with Renault, AUTOSPORT has learned

Renault poised to complete Lotus deal and revive works F1 team

Renault is poised to return as a works team to Formula 1, with a deal to take a majority stake in Lotus due to be finalised next week, AUTOSPORT understands

Pastor Maldonado's Belgian GP retirement was self-inflicted - Lotus

Pastor Maldonado's second-lap retirement with a loss of power in the Belgian Grand Prix was "self-inflicted", according to his Lotus Formula 1 team

Lotus F1 team poised to resolve Charles Pic legal row

Lotus is poised to resolve its legal dispute with former Formula 1 reserve driver Charles Pic on Monday, AUTOSPORT understands

Belgian GP: Williams F1 team admits Force India and Lotus a threat

Williams performance chief Rob Smedley believes rivals Force India and Lotus provide a real threat to his Formula 1 outfit's chances of a Belgian Grand Prix podium

Belgian F1 GP: Grosjean, Maldonado defend Lotus amid troubles

Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado say Lotus's Belgian Grand Prix qualifying performance proves the Enstone Formula 1 team's strength amid its uncertain future and legal battles

Lotus facing threat of F1 cars being impounded following Belgian GP

Lotus is embroiled in a legal battle with former reserve driver Charles Pic that could result in its cars being unable to leave Spa following Sunday's Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix, AUTOSPORT has learned