It will be weeks before the outcome of the Lotus court battle is known.
A ten-day trial between Team Lotus and Group Lotus is underway in the London High Court, but the outcome will not be immediately known, according to the Norwich Evening News.
"A judgment may not arrive until up to six weeks after the trial has finished", read the online report.
Team Lotus' technical boss Mike Gascoyne insists the case, coinciding with the 2011 season opener in Melbourne, is not a distraction.
"Formula one has always got shenanigans going on, but really none of that changes our job and the job of all the engineers," he said.