Is Proton set to buy into Renault F1 team? 5 November, 2010 Nov.5 (GMM) Two interesting rumours emerged on Friday during the opening practice session at Interlagos. During the BBC’s radio coverage of the 90-minute session at 10am, commentators discussed the likelihood that the team currently known as Lotus will have to use a different name in 2011. But a team could still be called ‘Lotus’, they said. The reportedly “strong rumour” in the Brazilian paddock is that Proton owned Group Lotus, contesting Tony Fernandes’ right to call his team Lotus in 2011, could buy into the Renault team. Fascinatingly, the team currently known as Renault could then become known as Lotus-Renault in 2011. Lotus Racing has done an engine deal with Renault for 2011, so it also wants to be called Lotus-Renault next year.