The Malaysian-owned team is running with Cosworth powerplants in its return season to F1, but Italia Racing is claiming that an announcement confirming the switch could be up to as little as two weeks away.
“We have the capacity to supply additional teams in the future and would be willing to do so if it was good for Renault and for the sport as a whole,” said Renault’s engine technical director Rob White.
“There has been speculation in the press, with different teams mentioned from time to time, but no announcement is imminent,” he added.
In its original guise, Lotus ran with Renault turbo engines between 1983 and 1986, picking up a total of five wins and nineteen pole positions.
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