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More trouble brewing for Lotus in name row?

Reports suggest more trouble for Lotus Racing in its argument over the Team Lotus name
The fight between Lotus Racing and Group Lotus over the use of the Team Lotus name has taken another twist after reports in the French press suggested the F1 team has lost the support of Clive Chapman – son of Lotus founder Colin.

Tony Fernandes' team is currently locked in a battle with Group Lotus owner Proton over the rights to use the Team Lotus name for the 2011 season, with the team having announced plans to use the famous title for its second year in the sport during the Singapore Grand Prix weekend.

While the team insists it had secured the rights from David Hunt, Proton believes that Hunt didn't have the rights to the name in the first place and has attempted to put a stop to the move, having also withdrawn the official licence it handed to Fernandes for the 2010 season.

According to a report in Auto Plus by respected reporter Jean-Louis Moncet, Chapman has now withdrawn his support for the F1 team, with the information being provided by a 'very good source' at Lotus Cars – flying in the face of Fernandes' insistence that Chapman is behind the F1 entry.

The report also suggests that Chapman has written a letter to Bernie Ecclestone to confirm his stance on the matter.

Lotus Racing insists it will make no further comment on the matter until the issue has been resolved.




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Paul - Unregistered

October 12, 2010 3:38 PM

Isn't this all getting a little bit sad? Many many people would love to see the "real" Lotus back in F1, but sadly this is very unlikely to ever happen.. still TF and all at "Lotus Racing" have really impressed me so far, plenty of respect for all that went on in the past, and to be fair they are trying to tie in with the Lotus legend. I say they should be allowed to continue as Team Lotus, maybe wise for Mr. Fernandez to invest in the car group, joint venture or something? I don't know, but I would like to see a lotus name in F1 somewhere, as long as they respect the history and prestige of this great brand... Which seems to be satisfactory so far from what I see.. What does everyone else think ? ? ? ?

Taz

October 12, 2010 3:59 PM

@paul This is much more about money and rights ownership than heritage and respect to an iconic name. I agree with you, they have done a good job but if he's tried to hi-jack the rights on the fly that's an entirely different kettle of fish and lets face it, this court case isn't doing the lotus name or heritage any good if you ask me.



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