Feb.1 (GMM) Lotus F1 owner Gerard Lopez has revealed plans to take the former Renault team back into Formula 1 world championship contention within a few years.
“Our efforts are concentrated behind our objective to be a contender once more for the 2015-16 championships, to continue the proud heritage of the 1994-95 and 2005-6 world championship titles achieved by Enstone,” he said.
Lopez, the Genii-owned team that will run 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen and reigning GP2 champion Romain Grosjean in 2012, made the announcement as he revealed two appointments; that of chief executive and of chief operating officer.
The team was founded as Toleman, becoming – under different owners – the title-winning Benetton and Renault squads in subsequent decades from the same Enstone headquarters.
Lopez added: “Our fight to return to the front of the grid is a continual process, and we are leaving no stone unturned.”