Lotus Renault GP will be able to stick with its usual livery in Canada next weekend, it has been confirmed.
Earlier this year it was speculated that the team might have to alter its John Player Special-like black and gold colour scheme as it might fall foul of the anti-tobacco laws in Canada [see separate story - click here
However, Lotus Renault GP team boss, Eric Boullier has now revealed that the Enstone-based operation has been given the all-clear by the appropriate bodies in Quebec.
“We're delighted to be able to race in Montreal in our usual colour scheme,” Boullier said. “The Quebec authorities noted that the current livery makes a reference to images from the 1980s when the car was sponsored by the tobacco industry, but it has also accepted the fact that Lotus Renault GP receives no direct or indirect financing from the industry in question.
“We would like to thank them for acknowledging our good faith. We are fully aware of the stringent restrictions imposed by the law in Quebec on promotional associations with tobacco. As a result, we will use all means available to dispel any misconceptions that our identity and that of our partners is somehow associated with this industry.”
The squad has conceded though, that it may make changes for 2012: “The team has agreed to work with the Quebec authorities on a more noticeable way to keep complying with the local legislation in 2012,” Lotus Renault GP added in a statement to the media.