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Friday, May 27, 2011

Shakespeare answers the Age-Old Question "Who is Lotus?"

Finally a decision will be made today on who owns the Lotus naming rights in F1. At 2pm (GMT) Mr Justice Peter Smith will make his deliberation.  I've avoided addressing this before because it really has very little to do with the sport.  I think the only thing I've said is, that no matter who wins, Lotus is no longer a part of the sport.

To paraphrase William Shakespeare (who I'm assured was a big fan of F1 back in the day)

" 'Tis but thy name that is my enemy.
Thou art thyself, though not a Team/Group Lotus.
What's Lotus? it is nor tyre, nor engine,
Nor chassis, nor gearbox, nor any other part
Belonging to a car. O, be some other name!
What's in a name? That which we call Lotus
By any other name would smell as sweet.
So Renault/1Malaysia Team Racing would, were it not Lotus call'd,
Retain that aerodynamic perfection which it seeks
Without that title. Lotus, doff thy name;
And for that name, which is no part of thee,
Take all our plaudits."