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What, exactly, do proton want..one assumes they were paid for the initial licence but did Fernades try a back handed deal with Chapman to avoid paying any further licence fee ?? You get the team a long standing name, renewable yearly but then you hit on the idea that 'team lotus' is actually not owned by the lotus car licence owner so why not do a deal to use team lotus. I think they've brought the name back in an admirable way, they didn't have to go to the expense of arranging the classic lotus car ensemble for instance. I just can't see how proton haven't benefitted in any of this..they sell cars, lotus cars are their premier marque which happen to be affordable sports cars..if it's a case of paying for another years licence, what sort of money are we talking ?? I'd be curious to know what the sales figures are like for lotus since its name re entered F1, worldwide, but I guess we'll have to wait for next years figures to get a more realistic idea.