• Sep 13, 2010

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What's in a name? Maybe not as much as there is in an engine, but given its misfortunes so far this season, the Lotus F1 team is on the verge of changing both.

One of three new entries on the grid, Lotus has – like HRT and Virgin – failed to score a single championship point so far this season. Some of the races it has failed to start, others it has failed to finish, but of those completed, Lotus has yet to place better than 13th. That's still better than either HRT or Virgin could manage, but Lotus is determined to do better next year, and to that end is making a couple of changes.

Despite a three-year contract with Cosworth – the engine supplier also powering the aforementioned other newcomers as well as Williams – the first of the changes will have Lotus switching to Renault motivation for next season. Notwithstanding some noteworthy reliability issues, Renault-powered cars (including front-runners Red Bull) have fared far better than those employing Cosworth engines.

The other big change may seem less substantive, but was probably just as complicated to orchestrate. Dropping the Lotus Racing moniker currently in use, the team is set to switch to the Team Lotus name for next season. What's the difference, you ask? Team Lotus was the name used during the (previous) team's heyday, when the likes of Jim Clark, Graham Hill, Stirling Moss, Emerson Fittipaldi, Mario Andretti, Nigel Mansell, Ayrton Senna and Nelson Piquet drove the iconic green-and-yellow (and even more iconic black-and-gold) cars to 79 checkered flags and seven world championships. The name belonged in the interim to David Hunt, brother of the late world champion James Hunt, but has now been acquired by the Malaysian outfits backing the new Lotus team.



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Lotus was my favorite F1 team years ago with black and gold paint... this year this team its nothingh but disapointing whith malasia as sponsor and engeenierings ...send it back to UK
        • 4 Years Ago
        Malaysia isn't a sponsor, it's where the team comes from. Seeing as how Lotus is owned by a Malaysian manufacturer, I don't see it as a bad thing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It IS mostly british engineering though (like all the other teams). They just have Malaysian funding and certain obligations along with it. Their base is still in the UK.

        They really are trying their best to improve and live up to the legend that Team Lotus once was.
      • 4 Years Ago
      And they should really revert to the black/gold paint scheme... would be the classiest looking car on the grid.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I never watched original team on account of me being a toddler back then. I'm glad they brought back the Lotus name so that future generations of F1 fans can still be connected to its history.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good for them. I hope they will be more competitive next year.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If they're changing to Renault just because of how well Red Bull Racing is doing they're making a BIG mistake. If they really want to do better they should have poached Adrian Newey and find some new talent.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Adrian is a legend, but this season has proven most teams have competent designers. Considering they are the fastest of the cosworth teams, with little track testing and car development time, I think they've done quite well.

        Considering they've now had a whole year to work on a new car, I suspect big things next season.

        Can't wait.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think they should do, like all small teams should, is to create some dubious aerodynamic parts that nearly breaks rules. This was key benefit when Brawn won champion (yes they had much better car before than any small maker currently) and would likely mean they can make to top 10 if FIA approves it. Changing Renault won't help them break top 10, even Renault team is having problem breaking top 10.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I personally love the green and yellow. But if they change it for next year it better be to black and gold. Hopefully next year's engine package helps them out. Out of the new teams they have the the best odds of becoming the most competitive.

      Looks like we're going to see Richard Branson dressed as a flight attendant soon!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good for them. I hope they will be more competitive next year.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Don't forget Jochen Rindt who was also a Lotus world champ.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Nice feature on him before last Sunday's Italian GP on SPEED.
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