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Team Lotus to stick with green and yellow colours for 2011

Due to the recent announcement that the Renault team are to become Lotus Renault GP from 2011 after agreeing a title-sponsorship deal with Group Lotus, and will be marking the occasion by racing the 2011 season in a new interpretation of the iconic black and gold colours last used when Lotus and Renault joined forces in the 80s. Team Lotus have decided to make a u-turn on their chosen colour scheme for next season. Tony Fernandes's team had planned to race next year in the iconic black and gold livery themselves. But the Team Lotus chief has now insisted it would be "ridiculous" for his squad to use the same paint scheme as the Lotus Renault outfit. Speaking with Autosport Fernandes said: "I have no problem that there will be two Lotuses on the grid. But I do think it would be ludicrous if we are both black and gold, and I can inform you that we will be changing our plans for the colour scheme. "We declared that we were going to run in black and gold, and I'm not going to be childish to say we were first with our plans, so we will do it whatever. They have painted their car black and gold, they have made their intentions clear on that front, so be it." Adding "But every cloud has a silver lining, and I received some messages from people suggesting that by being black and gold we would be promoting a cigarette company. I wasn't actually aware that JPS [John Player Special] was still being sold in the United Kingdom and various parts of the Commonwealth. So did I need that controversy? No. And after yesterday's announcement by the FIA about the new engine plans for 2013, which means F1 is going green - so what better colour to be than green? So, we have been testing our fans' reactions and many have come back to us to say we should stay green and yellow. So, I am 99 per cent sure that we will be green and yellow."

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