Lotus To Use Black & Gold John Player Livery In 2011
Lotus are set to change their green and yellow paint scheme to a black and gold one for 2011, evoking memories of the famous John Player Special liveries the team used in the 1980’s.
Of course the team won’t be sponsored by John Players – tobacco advertising is completely banned in the sport now – but the livery will bring reminders of drivers like Ayrton Senna and Emerson Fittipaldi who became synonymous with the cars.
A fan will be designing the livery in a competition to be launched by the team.
The team’s chief executive, Riad Asmat, said: “When we first unveiled our 2010 car there was unanimous praise for our decision to bring the historic green and yellow livery back to the modern F1 grid.
“I know the return to the track of the legendary black and gold will be met with even more universal support as it strikes such an emotional chord with fans around the world.
“Giving those fans the chance to help us bring it back to the contemporary grid is true to our core belief of putting our supporters right at the heart of Lotus Racing – we can’t wait to show the world what we come up with.”