F1 » Proton confirms it is 'close' to a deal with Renault

Following weeks of speculation and rumours, it appears that Malaysian car maker Proton is now on the verge of buying the remaining 25 per cent stake in Renault's F1 outfit in 2011

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Nanbawan - Unregistered

December 03, 2010 12:29 PM

If a Lotus(Proton) Renault wins, which anthem will be played ? Luxembourg or Malaysia ?

I think it would have been better if Renault kept a stake and Proton were the title sponsor, it would have increased the size of the cake. Here we just have a substitution and no more Renault F1 team....


December 03, 2010 1:33 PM

nanbawan. it all depends on where the team is registered. i guess that it would remain registered in france, even though it is based in uk. red bull is based in uk and is registered as austrian, str is based in italy and is registered in italy. merc is based in uk and registered in germany. etc etc


December 03, 2010 2:54 PM

Nanbawan, I wonder who owns the most of Renault. Lopez is thought to own 75% but how much of that is owned by the Lithuanian/Russian bank? How big is the loan? Will Proton own more than Russians?

Usually there is one main owner of a team that gives it an identity and push to develop. I wonder who will be leading Renault?

sokudo - Unregistered

December 04, 2010 9:36 AM

@calvin, yep. 4 lotuses. because proton have the right to call renault 'lotus renault' but fernandes has the right to call his team 'team lotus renault'. i wanted to see lotus back in the sport as much as any team but with 4 cars? :P


December 05, 2010 4:33 PM

That Fernandez was excepted and listed as Lotus FI by the FIA/BE make one believe he does have a right to use the Lotus name, on the other hand a second team using the Lotus name in FI is hard to imagine it being allowed by the FIA/BE.

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