Renault completes Lotus F1 team acquisition
Groupe Renault and Gravity Motorsport S.a.rl, an affiliate of Genii Capital SA, have completed the acquisition by Groupe Renault of a controlling shareholding of Lotus F1 Team Limited.
The new team name, full management structure, team partners and other details will be announced during an event to be held in Paris in February.
In the interim, a new board of directors has been appointed, with Jérôme Stoll as Chairman and Cyril Abiteboul as Managing Director.
Following the signing of a letter of intent by Groupe Renault and Gravity Motorsport S.a.rl on 28 September 2015, the parties entered into the various agreements on 3 December 2015. Since then, all parties involved have been working relentlessly to comply with all of the contractual and legal obligations under the agreements to enable the transaction to successfully complete. The technical teams are making good progress to have the 2016 car ready for testing in Barcelona at the end of February.
F1 is seen as a technology showcase and accelerates development of Renault's innovation and range of sports cars, as well as an important brand builder.
See also: Renault to return to F1 in 2016