Genii Owner Convinced Only One Lotus Team Will Survive

Lotus Renault F1 Team co-owner Gerard Lopez expressed his belief that there won't be two teams wearing the same name tag (obviously, he is referring to the Lotus name) in the 2011 Formula One Championship.

According to, citing the Reuters news agency, Lopez believes the legal actions issued by Group Lotus against Team Lotus will have a positive outcome for the British sportscar maker. For the time being, both teams have the name Lotus in their official FIA-entry list designation, while both plan to use the green and gold livery for the 2011 campaign.

And the similarities don't stop here, as both teams will benefit from Renault power for their 2011 challengers. If this latest aspect will undoubtedly remained unchanged for next year, the other two topics will be ruled by the High Court in due time, with the decision likely to name one winner and one loser.

As far as having four (Lotus) cars next year on the grid, I don't think it's going to happen,” said Lopez, according to the aforementioned source.

I tend to be a positive person, so I would say that nobody has anything to win from this - except maybe Group Lotus as having four cars running for the same brand and only being involved financially in two of them.”

The natural course of things should be that whoever is the Lotus brand should race as Lotus and whoever isn't, and actually had asked for a licence to do so, should race as something else. I'm certainly not going to be the one standing and making that decision because I have no power to do so... (but) I don't think there are going to be two teams of the same name and four cars of the same color,” added the owner of Genii Capital, equity partner in the new tie-up with Group Lotus.
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