Are these names fixed in stone though? I know the fIA steadfastly refused to change BMW Sauber to Sauber last year but what if Group Lotus get the team name, surely then the FIA can't enforce Fernandes outfit being called Team Lotus?
Fairly fixed although you can have a name change with all the teams' agreement BUT
the FIA would have to bow to any external legal decision.
The FIA did not steadfastly refuse to change Sauber's name - it was Sauber's decision not to apply for a name change. As they could only realistically change it once, they could have been holding out for a title sponsor. However, I think it was actually part of the "on-the-cheap" deal that BMW struck with Peter Sauber. An extra year of advertising for the company?
had an interesting post yesterday on why he thinks that Renault will be Lotus next year, all based around a "thank you Lotus fans" livery at the new driver test .
"...but if the team was staying as Lotus no-one would bothered saying “Thank You Lotus Fans”."
WTF?!? Why the heck not???
It's called being in touch with the fans! Other teams have done it and it is common in football to do this at the end of the season - it's worth remembering that Fernandes is a West Ham fan.
have been because of a name change or it could simply be because of the legal arguments and the support the fans have shown by indicating disgust at Group Lotus' moves or it could be a political message making a claim on the Lotus fans or as I've already said it could just be an example of the team being in touch with the fans. What it isn't is evidence of any of them.
The problem for JS is that a few hours later, the FIA released their list which kind of trampled all over his theory - as he admits in the comments.