Name dispute silences Lotus
More announcements from the Lotus F1 team have been deferred indefinitely until the naming dispute with the British sports-car brand of the same name is resolved.
Finland's Turun Sanomat newspaper echoed the widespread paddock view that Renault engines will power Tony Fernandes' cars in 2011, which will surely be driven once again by Heikki Kovalainen and Jarno Trulli.
But the naming dispute is a major worry for the team, with Group Lotus challenging its legal right to use the separate Team Lotus title, having withdrawn the official licence for the current Lotus Racing moniker.
"I cannot say anything about staying with Lotus except that it will probably happen," Italian driver Trulli has been quoted as saying.