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FIA approves team name changes

Name changes officially approved by FIA

The FIA has rubber stamped changes that will see Renault, Team Lotus and Virgin Racing change their names for F1 2012.

The F1 Commission chaired by F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone met last week to discuss the matter in Geneva and an agreement was reached [see separate story - click here], however it still required the approval of the FIA, which was confirmed on Sunday.

As such it means the row of the Lotus name has now come to an end and from next year Team Lotus will will morph into the Caterham F1 Team, which in turn will allow Renault to become Lotus to tie in with the sponsorship deal it agreed with Group Lotus earlier this year.

Marussia Virgin Racing also changes its name and will now be known solely as Marussia Racing to reflect the financial involvement of the Russian carmaker.

The full statement from the FIA read:

The FIA, on the basis of the support expressed by its F1 commission chaired by Bernie Ecclestone, which had a meeting in Geneva on November 3, has agreed the following team name changes as from 2012:

Team name New Chassis name

Caterham F1 Team From Lotus to Caterham
Lotus Renault GP From Renault to Lotus
Marussia F1 Team From Virgin to Marussia

Related Pictures

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19.05.2011- Lotus Renault GP
31.01.2011 Valencia, Spain,  Lotus Renault GP  - Lotus Renault GP R31 Launch - Formula 1 World Championship
08.03.2011- Jarno Trulli (ITA), Team Lotus, TL11
08.04.2011- Friday Practice 1, Nick Heidfeld (GER) Lotus Renault GP R31
21.02.2011- Team Lotus, TL11

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November 07, 2011 10:20 AM

Personally I feel a little bit sad that the Lotus name is not carried by a purely British team . . -it just doesnt seem right somehow , cant fully explain it, but it just feels like something got lost. . .

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