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Fairuz Fauzy switches from Team Lotus to Renault - One driver makes a Lotus switch, whilst the name issue hits court

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Today is the 18th January, and this is F1Minute.

Renault have confirmed that Fairuz Fauzy will be their reserve driver for 2011, with the Malaysian ending his contract with Team Lotus early. He had a five year deal with Tony Fernandes’ team that saw him able to participate in some Friday free practice sessions, but Fauzy has now made the switch to Renault, saying: “It is a great team. I will try my best to hopefully be in a race seat one day.”

Whilst we’re on the subject of the Lotus teams, the matter over who gets to keep the name will be heard in court next week, the 24th January, far earlier than we had anticipated. Group Lotus have asked for a summary judgement, which would mean the case would be kept away from a potentially costly and lengthy high profile trial. CEO of Group Lotus Dany Bahar is hopeful things can be sorted now, saying: “I don’t think it will be a matter solved by English courts. I think it will be solved before that. But if we have to go the legal way, we will - and our shareholders will support that.”