Formula One: Lotus-Renault GP unveils the ‘black and gold’ iconic livery

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Formula One: Lotus-Renault GP unveils the ‘black and gold’ iconic livery
Lotus-Renault GP team has finally unveiled the livery for its 2011 car. The iconic black and gold colour scheme was shown at the Autosport International Show in UK to let the fans have a look at the legendary colours.
Currently, the interim version of the 2010 team car, R30 was used for the demonstration while the R31 will be launched later this month. This combination is one of the most loved and cherished one in the sports’ history for being the colour of the greatest
racer ever in Formula One, Ayrton Senna. However, this newly designed livery had some splashes of red in it too, to accommodate the team’s oil supplier, Total. The team has further announced to launch its 2011 car a day before the first per-season test session,
scheduled to take place on February 1, in Valencia.
Renault has undergone huge changes in the past few months. The French team, RenaultF1 signed a deal a month back with Group Lotus, which has now become the title sponsor of the Enstone outfit. The name of the team has also been converted to ‘Lotus Renault
GP’ now. Lotus has further expressed its desire to overtake the team completely in order to penetrate further into Formula One.
Initially, there has been a small dispute over the team livery with Team Lotus, the Tony Fernandes’ team, which also shares the same name. Although the despite over the name is to be settled legally, Fernandes decided to dismiss the paint issue without having
court involved in it. He opted to go for the team’s last year’s, yellow and green colours once again, while let Renault will use this historical combination.
At the launching ceremony of the new livery, the Formula One legend Jean Alesi, who is also the brand ambassador for Lotus said,
“Everyone remembers the black and gold Lotuses from years ago and it’s nice they have been brought back. When you look around the show here and see those cars, then see this car, it does make you smile.”
Moreover, the team boss Eric Boullier stated, “We want to win with this car. To win you need to be a regular podium finisher – and then you will win – and that is our target. My ambition has always been to establish this team as a top team. I want us
to be recognised as a top team like Ferrari or McLaren.”



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