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GP Week : Issue 205
F1 >>> nEWs The 2015 Formula 1 engine arrangements look a little clearer after it was confirmed at silverstone that lotus will race with Mercedes-Benz power units from next year. The team will end its supply arrangement with Renault Sport. Ironically, the team was once known as Renault F1, winning two championships in that guise in 2004 and ‘05. The news means that, until such time as it secures a new customer, Renault will service three teams next year; Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso and Caterham. But there is still an engine partner to be secured for the new Forza Rossa team, which has strong links to Ferrari but is still to publically announce what power units it will use, if it makes the grid next year. A lotus-Mercedes Benz deal could mean a change in direction for Romain Grosjean. The Frenchman has strong ties with Total, which develops oils in conjunction with Renault, so if Lotus trades engines, he could be out the door. To complicate matters further Grosjean’s management has been handled by Eric Boullier, who moved from Lotus to McLaren at the start of the season. Of course, McLaren is also a Mercedes-Benz team, but that deal ends at the conclusion of the season when it partners with Honda. “Things are open,” Grosjean said at Silverstone, “but it’s not because Eric is there (McLaren) that things are that simple.” Lotus gets tHe benz ... ... so WiLL romAin remAin? 11 GPWEEK.com // 11 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: