Lotus Renault vs. Team Lotus: How Things Changed in One Year

Mustafa SariContributor IJanuary 19, 2011

YEONGAM GUN, SOUTH KOREA - OCTOBER 22:  Heikki Kovalainen of Finland and Lotus drives during practice for the Korean Formula One Grand Prix at the Korea International Circuit on October 22, 2010 in Yeongam-gun, South Korea.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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Lotus Racing was one of the new teams in the 2010 season. The Norfolk based team beat their new team rivals Virgin and HRT.

Group Lotus licenced 1Malaysia Racing in 2010 but new CEO Dany Bahar changed the view about F1 strategy. Bahar didn't satisfy the Lotus Racing team that first year. Then names were heard and two separate Lotus teams appeared in the F1 scene. 

In this article, I want to discuss what is wrong with the naming row and both teams approaches. Group Lotus and Team Lotus separated by Colin Chapman because he didn't want any group to clash. Lotus Racing (Team Lotus) did reasonable things for their first year. They finished at 10th in the championship and they beat their rivals. Team Lotus did things like developed teams.

This year, Red Bull gearbox and Renault engine can be a good choice with Force India arriving. In the other hand, Group Lotus watched Lotus Racing grow in popularity and reputation each race. Group Lotus maybe thought they were on the wrong path to create a F1 team. There are examples of Honda, Toyota, Renault and Mercedes buying established teams and creating a winning team. Only Renault become successful with the Fernando Alonso and Flavio Briatore partnership. The others wasted lots of money. Proton can think that this is the faster way to be on podiums and get wins but F1 is never that simple. Otherwise there would be no Adrian Newey, Chapman nor the Brynes.

In F1, nothing is created over night. Budget is important in F1 but drivers and technology and engineers can win championships. This is why Alonso lost and Vettel won in Abu Dabi. Group Lotus made their mistake about giving no developing time to Lotus Racing. Lotus Racing's mistake should be about their pace. Fans respect what they achieve but they didn't discuss their season objectives with their licence holders.

In the end, the Lotus row maybe not end in this summer but Chapman's Legacy and Lotus's are name hurt because a new team didn't score in their first year. I wish both teams good luck, but F1 is never an easy pat—Mercedes is the right example for them. Tyrell went to Mercedes and they won the championship on their crisis year with the name of Brawn. I hope these political events will not ruin the racing.