Is Lotus coming back to F1?

Is Lotus coming back to F1?

A motorsport return is on the cards as part of a relaunch of Lotus under the ownership of Chinese car maker Geely, which took a controlling interest in the marque in 2017. It will stop production of its existing range – the Elise, the Exige and the Evora – over the course of this year and introduce three new models.

Who raced for Lotus?

A list of Team Lotus Works F1 drivers who competed in over 10 GPs

Driver Seasons at Team Lotus Type No
Jochen Rindt 1969 1970 49 72
Ayrton Senna 1985 1986 1987 97T 98T 99T
Mike Spence 1964 1965 25 33
John Surtees 1960 18

Who drove for Lotus in 2011?

The team scored no championship points in the two years it competed. The team was set up by a group of Malaysian businessmen led by Tony Fernandes using a licence from Lotus Cars owner Proton, for the use of the Lotus name in Formula One….Team Lotus (2010–11)

Formula One World Championship career
Final entry 2011 Brazilian Grand Prix

Why is Lotus no longer in F1?

On 30 September, it was announced that Renault had signed a letter of intent to buy a controlling stake of Lotus F1 from Genii Capital. This came after Lotus were bailed out by Renault after falling behind in income tax and insurance payments to the British Government.

Does Renault own Lotus?

The Lotus F1 Team was majority owned by Genii Capital. The team was sold back to Renault on 18 December 2015, The Lotus F1 Team name was officially dropped on 3 February 2016, and announced that they would compete as Renault Sport Formula One Team.

Does Lotus owe Kimi Raikkonen money?

Team principal Eric Boullier said it was true that Lotus were behind in their payments to Raikkonen, blaming “cash flow” – but he insisted they would settle up. “The truth is that yes, we owe him money, that’s true. He’s going to be paid, that’s true too,” he said at the Singapore Grand Prix.

How many points did Raikkonen get with Lotus?

390 points
Raikkonen scored 390 points in two years with Lotus. Team boss Gérard Lopéz certainly did not expect such a result and the deal he had made to pay €50,000 per point almost led to bankruptcy, the points bonus alone guaranteeing Raikkonen €19.5 million.

Who are the drivers of the Lotus F1 team?

The Lotus F1 Team that was in F1 from (2011-2015) had it’s roots from the former Toleman Motorsport team who made it’s entry back in 1981 and has nothing to do with the original team it came out of the Renault team and went back to Renault in 2016. It seems like Colin Chapman also could spot great talented drivers miles away.

What does the team mean in Team Lotus?

The ‘Team’ represents the spirit and dedication of hundreds of brilliant people who have worked together to achieve so much.

When did Team Lotus go out of business?

The eighties and nineties were hard for the team and eventually they went out of business in 1994. They are, however, back, albeit under a different guise, the Lotus name still remains and it deserves to be cherished. The Team Lotus first debuted in 1958.

When did Lotus start competing in Formula One?

Team Lotus, a sister company of Lotus Cars, competed in Formula One between 1958 and 1994, winning seven constructors’ titles and six drivers’ titles between 1963 and 1978.

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