Today Team Lotus takes on its new name Caterham F1. While the Lotus name isn’t gone from F1, many people will be sad to see it leave Tony Fernandes’ team. The rights to the ‘Team Lotus’ name have gone to Group Lotus, which is why they will be called ‘Lotus F1 Team’ for 2012.
All Lotus-connected teams in GP2 and GP3, Indycar and elsewhere will be painted black and gold to match the Formula One team, while all Caterham-connected teams will wear the traditional Lotus colours of green and yellow.
The new Caterham car will be called the CT01.
In BBC news, Ben Edwards will be leading the television commentary. He has formerly done commentary for F1 on the F1 digital+ channel, for CART, for the A1 GP and this year for ITV4’s BTCC coverage. He will be a popular replacement. However, his departure leaves ITV in a quandry as they search for replacements – they have also lost Steve Rider. There is also a question mark over who will partner Edwards in the commentary box.
F2 testing today saw several series regulars joined by several up-and-coming drivers including British Formula Ford champion Scott Malvern, and GP3 driver Vittorio Ghirelli. Ghirelli was unlucky not to score any points in the series this season. Hopefully some of the testing drivers will be in F2 next year. Fastest of all was Miki Monras, who is likely to be a challenger for the title next season.