Lotus will race at the Italian Grand Prix despite concerns it wouldn't be able to make the journey as legal issues continue to loom.
Having been initially prevented from leaving Spa-Francorchamps – where it took its first podium finish since 2013 in the Belgian Grand Prix – after bailiffs moved in as a result of a legal action brought by former reserve driver Charles Pic, the cars eventually made it back to Enstone.
Though there was concern that the cars would then not be permitted to travel onto Monza, Lotus is present in Italy but remains very much in focus, in part due to its well documented financial problems, but also its potential sale to Renault which would ultimately prevent it from folding.
Though in public Renault has kept its intentions for Lotus fairly private, it is believed talks are now at an advanced stage and a final decision on whether to go ahead will be made imminently.
Indeed, having previously dismissed talk of Renault's interest, Lotus publically admitted its desire to be taken over by the French firm following the Belgian Grand Prix.
“The team is incredibly excited about it,” Alan Permane said at Spa. “We would welcome them back with open arms obviously. We've got a great relationship and a great partnership with Mercedes, but to be a works team again would be fantastic.”