Tony Fernandes is claiming victory for Team Lotus Group Lotus is also claiming victory

While both Team Lotus and Group Lotus are working their respective PR machines into overdrive after the High Court ruling, the situation still remains that fans are still faced with the prospect of two teams using the ‘Lotus’ moniker in their name: Tony Fernandes’ ‘Team Lotus’ outfit and the Genii Capital-owned ‘Lotus Renault GP’.

Both sides are claiming victory – although how Group Lotus can call it a victory and still appeal the ruling is another matter! – but F1 fans and the media are treating this latest display of chest-thumping with a considerable degree of scepticism…

Twitter has been a particularly popular medium for F1 figures and fans to discuss the verdict, which was one of the most ‘trended’ topics in the last 24 hours. Here’s a sample of some of the best:

“So what’s actually changed after the Lotus verdict?” asked former BBC F1 imagecommentator Jonathan Legard. “The team names and colours remain. Both sides say they’re happy. Like the lawyers.”

“So how much did that little lot cost in legal fees to go not very far at all?” added veteran F1 journalist Maurice Hamilton.

“So, after all of that, it turns out that both of ’em are Lotus?” former Benetton mechanic turned SPEED Channel F1 commentator Steve Matchett wrote. “I’m not sure I really understand that. But I do know I’ve stopped caring.”

“So, Team Lotus will continue being Team Lotus and Renault can remain black and gold after a battle in court. As you were,” quipped BBC F1 presenter Jake Humphrey.

We could go on with plenty more of these sentiments, but perhaps the rather outspoken F1 journalist Joe Saward describes it best:

“What a mess.”

We couldn’t agree more.

[Images via Flickr and MyTeamLotus]

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Richard Bailey

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