Poll backs Lotus Racing’s black and gold F1 move

Lotus Racing's planned switch to black and gold livery has gone down well – according to an EDP24 poll.

The Hingham-based F1 team will run in the colours synonymous with the Norfolk marque's efforts in the 1970s, and 44pc felt the move was a good idea.

Lotus Racing have also opened the design of their 2011 livery to the public, with a competition soon to be confirmed on their official website.

However, a significant number did question the wisdom of both Lotus Racing's change and what effect losing the Lotus name in 2011 could have on their fortunes.

The F1 team is currently in a legal dispute with Hethel's Group Lotus over using the Team Lotus moniker in next season, and 34pc believe the build-up for the team's black and gold livery would become irrelevant if the team had to change its name to something unrelated to Lotus.

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Tony Fernandes' F1 team should stick with their green and yellow colours from this season, according to 21pc of voters, while 1pc felt bringing back the all-yellow Lotus livery from the 1980s – famously driven by F1 great Ayrton Senna – would have been a better move.

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