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Lotus have been running Renault Sport engines this season, and over the weekend they announced that their current partnership would be extended to the end of 2013 - adding one year on the existing deal. Along with the continued supply of engines, Lotus will also make use of the Renault and Red Bull KERS technology.
Team Principal Tony Fernandes said, of the deal: “Not only will we be able to build on everything we have learnt through working with Renault and Red Bull Technology in 2011, but we will now have the added benefith of KERS for next year, which really is a major step forward for our team. We have done the very best job we can this year but without that extra power we are always competing on a different level to the teams ahead...”
Meanwhile, Autosport are reporting that the plans for Team Lotus to be rebranded Team Caterham in 2012 are moving forward, with reports that FOTA are behind the name change. If that is so and the teams are behind Lotus, then Tony Fernandes will lodge an application with the F1 Commission.
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References Caterham F1 Team, Lotus Racing, Team Lotus
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