Group Lotus has announced that Lotus Motorsport will enter a partnership with multiple single-seater title winners ART Grand Prix.
The deal sees Lotus “commit to providing technical and engineering support” to the French squad's GP2 and GP3 operations from 2011 onwards. ART's cars are also set to get a new livery influenced by Lotus. The agreement is between ART and Group Lotus, and has no links to the Lotus Racing Formula 1 team. Lotus Racing is expected to switch to using the historic Team Lotus name for 2011, which is not owned by Group Lotus.
The news of the agreement between ART and Group Lotus comes immediately after it was announced that the Lotus F1 team would have an involvement in GP2 from next year, with the new Team Air Asia (set up by Lotus Racing team principal Tony Fernandes) gaining an entry to the series.
Gino Rosato, who previously worked at the Ferrari F1 team before taking up the role of Director of Corporate Operations at Lotus, said about the agreement: “This deal means a lot to me personally; I've known Nicolas Todt for many years and have already had the opportunity to work alongside him in the past. Lotus is proud to be partnering ART Grand Prix and in doing so uniting with the most successful and recognized team in GP2 Series. We come together with a common goal: to continue our great success in motorsport.”
FrÃ©dÃ©ric Vasseur, Team Manager of ART Grand Prix, added: “It is a fantastic opportunity for ART Grand Prix to be working with Lotus. The goal is clear: winning together the future GP2 and GP3 championships. I can't wait to see the new livery of our racing cars.”
Lotus Motorsport Director of Operations Miodrag Kotur commented: “The move into GP2 and GP3 solidifies Lotus Motorsport's commitment to promoting driver development and supporting the search for the world champions of the future. Lotus won't simply be partner in name only, ART Grand Prix will also benefit from Lotus' considerable engineering and technical support and experience.”