official website. This car has a smaller nose cone and some of the rear wing slats are missing. It is pretty obvious as in F1, everything moves ridiculously fast and week after week of wind tunnel testing would result in aerodynamic improvement that changes the design of the car.
And we also have to add that little fact that the previous Lotus sanctioned team Team Lotus will also think of Sepang as its home race too. Formerly Lotus Racing and also referred to by the company name 1Malaysia F1 Team by the Malaysian media and parliament is a Formula One team, which made its debut in the 2010 F1 season. The team was set up by a group of Malaysian businessmen, using a licence from Lotus Cars owner Proton to use the Lotus name in Formula One.
After having that licence terminated for further seasons, the team will use the historic Team Lotus name in the 2011 season,but are now facing legal action from Group Lotus and parent company Proton over the use of the Lotus name. On 24 January 2011, a judge at the High Court of Justice in London set a trial date over the naming dispute for 21 March, which means that two teams – Team Lotus and the Group Lotus-sponsored Lotus Renault GP – will begin the 2011 season with Lotus signage. Team Lotus will use the same color scheme as 2010 – green and yellow while the newly formed Lotus Renault GP will use the black and gold scheme used by Lotus when they were sponsored by JPS in the 1970s.
I hope this fracas will be resolved soon, but in my opinion, I don't really care who wins as this is part and parcel of the F1. Like WWE wrestling, it is entertainment.
So there you have it. Three teams will consider the Sepang F1 as their 'home' race regardless of the fact that all of them are actually based in the UK/Europe. What I know is that the pre-race promotions will be pretty fabulous because of this.