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Fernandes appears confident with High Court decision

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Fernandes appears confident with High Court decision

Team Lotus boss Tony Fernandes declared himself happy with the decision yesterday by a High Court Judge to dismiss the Summary Judgement that Group Lotus was seeking on his Team Lotus outfit which would have forced the Norfolk-based squad to...

Team Lotus boss Tony Fernandes declared himself happy with the decision yesterday by a High Court Judge to dismiss the Summary Judgement that Group Lotus was seeking on his Team Lotus outfit which would have forced the Norfolk-based squad to change their name for the coming Formula 1 season.

Tony Fernandes at home race, Malaysian GP, in 2010. .
Photo by xpb.cc.

Commenting on Twitter late last night, the Malaysian-born owner of airline company Air Aisa said: "Very very happy over the judgement today. And extremely happy that full trial brought forward to March 21st. The good do always eventually win."

Presiding over the case, Mr Justice Peter Smith took little time yesterday to throw out the Group Lotus claim and ordered a full trial but he urged the two parties to settle out of court before the season starts in the interests of the sport and the Lotus brand.

Giving both legal teams the option of two possible trial dates, court was adjourned in order for discussions to take place between the two sets of lawyers. They returned just over twenty minutes later having agreed on the March 21st date.

A potential sticking point for Group Lotus Plc is that they are registered with the FIA - Formula One's governing body, to race under the name Renault, not Lotus Renault. This is because all constructors must enter the championship under the same guise as their registered chassis name and thus, Group Lotus must seek permission from the FIA to alter it - something that is far from assured.


See also: Lotus versus Lotus still undecided

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