F1 » Lotus Renault GP to change to British licence

Eric Boullier: We will be running under a British licence now. It means that if we win, we will play the British national anthem.

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Jay - Unregistered

January 14, 2011 4:39 PM

You are absolutely right that Scotland and Wales have their own individual anthems -England don't. So it will always be the BRitish anthem that is played.

Nanbawan - Unregistered

January 14, 2011 5:21 PM

Until further notice, Lotus are just sponsor title there. It is still the Renault team but not owned by Renault the company, it is owned by Genii capital which is from Luxembourg.

Now, if they want to change the licence to get closer from the original Lotus, OK but why keep Renault as the team name then...

2010 has been such a year in French motorsports, I don't even want to recap all the trophies in many different championships but damn, as far as F1 is concerned, it's a curse. There's still Renault but no GP, no driver and no team...ugh...

Calvin _

January 14, 2011 5:34 PM
Last Edited 1852 days ago

Some few teams have the engine name in their name, apart from the obvious cases (Ferrari, Mercedes). Vodafone McLaren Mercedes for example. No reason why it can't be called a Lotus Renault. The really strange one last year was BMW Sauber, which used a Ferrari engine.

Nanbawan - Unregistered

January 14, 2011 6:05 PM

Renault is still the name of the constructor like Mc Laren in your example.

It could indeed be called Lotus Renault Cosworth (or whatever)in the -unlikely- case of the team switching to another engine provider.

Personally, I'll call this team LRGP for disambiguation...

Alan D - Unregistered

January 14, 2011 7:46 PM

Alan, regardless of whether or not England and Scotland have their own anthems, the team is registered under a BRITISH license so it is the British anthem which is played in ceremonies.

In Football and Rugby the England team uses GSTK but in Cricket and in the Commonwealth Games the England team uses Jerusalem.

Although GSTK was first used as the British anthem, other nations including Holland, Germany and Russia have used the same music as their anthem in the past. It is still the music of Lichenstein so when they played England in Euro96 the same music twice was played twice in the ceremony before the match.

Alan D - Unregistered

January 14, 2011 8:06 PM

Calvin, Al, Nambawan, the article says that Group Lotus has bought a major share in the team and that Renault has sold off its share, so it is called a Lotus Renault because Lotus are the major share holders (not just a sponsor) and Renault because it is Renault-powered. The Lotus Renault is no more a "Renault" than the Red Bull is a Renault, or the Mclaren is a Mercedes.

As for Sauber last year, I'm pretty sure I saw them listed in some places as the BMW Sauber Ferrari. On this year's list, it looks like they are just called Sauber Ferraris.


January 14, 2011 9:13 PM

al. why proton lada? proton own lotus, it ie true, but if you were going to buy an elise, would you go looking for a proton elise?? and lada do have a small advertising logo on the car, courtesy of their renault ownership. but lada have NO input. if you want to call them proton lada, thats your perogative, but everyone else will call them lotus renault!

Buck Bundy

January 14, 2011 10:22 PM

Jerusalem might be the anthem used in the commonwealth games now, but it was Land of Hope and Glory for a long time. It only changed last year.

Toleman, and then Benetton were both licensed as English, but I think Benetton then changed to Italian, and then Renault changed it to French, yet all the time being a predominantly British based team from Oxfordshire.

What's happening now is nothing new for this team.

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