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Lotus

Full Team Name: Lotus F1 Team
Base: Enstone, UK
Team Chief: Gerard Lopez
Technical Chief: Nick Chester
Drivers: Romain Grosjean
  Pastor Maldonado
Chassis: E23
Power Unit: Mercedes-Benz
Tyres: Pirelli
First Season: 1981
World Championships: 2
Highest Race Finish: 1 (x37)
Pole Positions: 51
Fastest Laps: 36
Lotus-Mercedes LOTUS
Lotus E22 nose and front wing.
Formula One Testing, Day Two, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Thursday, 20 February 2014

2014

Plummet down the order to eighth overall as team struggle to make E22 and its hybrid Renault power unit reliable or competitive. Grosjean scores eight points and Maldonado just two, with the former's eighth places in Spain and Monaco their best results of the year.

Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus E21.
Formula One World Championship, Rd1, Australian Grand Prix, Race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, 17 March 2013

2013

Burst out of the gates with Raikkonen winning in Australia in the quick and tyre-friendly E21. Car proves a good match for most circuits and conditions, helping Raikkonen and Grosjean to a further 13 podiums between them, taking team to a strong fourth place overall.

Kimi Raikkonen

2012

Team name officially changes from Renault to Lotus. F1 returnee Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean score several podiums over course of season and are consistently on leading pace, but team has to wait until Abu Dhabi for sole Raikkonen-inspired victory.

Bruno Senna (BRA) Lotus Renault GP R31.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 12, Belgian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Friday, 26 August 2011

2011

Renault sell final shares to Genii Capital but continue engine supply. Group Lotus become title sponsors. Star driver Kubica misses season after rally crash. Replaced by Heidfeld then Senna. Bright start, but R31 with innovative forward exhausts ultimately disappoints.

Robert Kubica (POL) Renault R30 
Formula One World Championship, Rd 4, Chinese Grand Prix, Race, Shanghai, China, Sunday, 18 April 2010

2010

After indifferent pace in pre-season testing, R30 quickly emerges as podium contender in hands of Robert Kubica. Team mate Vitaly Petrov, Russia's first F1 driver, puts in stirring early performances, but lacks Kubica's speed and consistency. Team finish fifth overall.

Fernando Alonso (ESP) Renault R29.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 10, Hungarian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Budapest, Hungary, Friday, 24 July 2009

2009

Lose late '08 momentum. Even Alonso struggles to convert occasional strong grid slots into results. Piquet dropped in August, replaced by reserve Grosjean. Flavio Briatore & Pat Symonds leave over conspiracy to cause deliberate crash in '08 Singapore race.

Fernando Alonso (ESP) Renault celebrates victory with the team.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 15, Singapore Grand Prix, Race, Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore, Sunday, 28 September 2008. © Sutton

2008

Fernando Alonso returns to partner rookie Nelson Piquet. Helps transform R28 from lacklustre performer into a race winner, with back-to-back victories in Singapore and Japan, boosting the resurgent team to fourth in the standings with 80 points.

Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) Renault R27.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 6, Canadian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Montreal, Canada, Saturday, 9 June 2007

2007

Departure of Fernando Alonso accompanied by marked decline in team's fortunes, finishing third overall, with 150 points less than in '06. After shaky start, rookie Kovalainen overshadows veteran Fisichella and scores team's only podium in Japan.

Championship winner Fernando Alonso (ESP) Renault R26.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 18, Brazilian Grand Prix, Race, Interlagos, Brazil, 22 October 2006

2006

Win seven of first nine races, then lose ground to Ferrari in second half of season after controversial mass-damper system declared illegal. Nevertheless hold on to retain both drivers' and constructors' titles, before Fernando Alonso departs for McLaren.

(L to R): Fernando Alonso (ESP) Renault R25 and Flavio Briatore (ITA) Renault Team Principal on the podium. 
Formula One World Championship, Rd19,  Chinese Grand Prix, Race, Shanghai, China, 16 October 2005

2005

Dominate early part of season and go on to win both titles, despite superior pace of McLaren in later races. Fernando Alonso crowned youngest-ever champion, while Renault become first mainstream automaker to take constructors' honours.

Jarno Trulli (ITA) Renault R24.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 6, Monaco Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Monte Carlo, 22 May 2004

2004

Win the Monaco Grand Prix with Jarno Trulli, but then part company with the Italian with three races to go after a run of poor performances. Draft in Jacques Villeneuve as his replacement. Not enough to prevent BAR edging them for second in the championship.

Jarno Trulli (ITA) Renault R23 runs wide.
Formula One World Championship, Rd4, San Marino Grand Prix, Race Day, Imola, Italy, 20 April 2003

2003

Emerge as a regular, if not quite constant, threat to the big three teams. Fernando Alonso takes two pole positions, plus victory in Hungary. Finish a lonely fourth in the constructors' championship.

Fourth placed finisher Jenson Button (GBR) Renault R202 lost his first podium finish on the final lap with an anti- roll bar malady. 
Malaysian Grand Prix, Sepang Circuit, Kuala Lumpur, 17 March 2002

2002

'New' Renault team enjoy a strong debut season with a run of points finishes giving them fourth place in the constructors' championship.

Giancarlo Fisichella (ITA) Benetton B201 retired from the race on lap 44 with a broken gearbox. Monaco Grand Prix, Rd 7, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, 27 May 2001. World © Sutton

2001

Jenson Button joins line-up alongside Fisichella. A difficult year sees the duo score 10 points and just one podium finish in Belgium, courtesy of the Italian.

L to R, Giancarlo Fisichella(ITA) Benetton Playlife B200, Flavio Briatore(ITA) Benetton team Boss, and Alexander Wurz(AUT) Benetton Playlife B200 Brazilian GP, Interlagos, 26 March 2000. World © Sutton

2000

Benetton team announce they will become the official Renault works squad from 2002. Briatore returns as team principal.

Giancarlo Fisichella (ITA) Benetton Playlife B199, 5th place Monaco Grand Prix, 16 May 1999. World © Sutton

1999

A second successive season without a victory for Fisichella and Wurz leaves the team sixth overall.

Giancarlo Fisichella (ITA), Benetton B198, took a visit to the gravel on his way to 8th place. Formula One World Championship, Hungarian Grand Prix, Rd12, Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary, 16 August 1998. World © Sutton

1998

A lacklustre campaign from new line-up Giancarlo Fisichella and Alex Wurz. Two podiums for Fisichella in Monaco and Canada equates to fifth in the standings.

Alex Wurz (AUT), Benetton B197, 3rd place with Jacques Villeneuve (CDN), Williams FW19, 1st place on the podium British Grand Prix, Silverstone, 13th July 1997. World © Sutton

1997

Despite one win, courtesy of Gerhard Berger in Germany, it's another tough season for the team. Third again in the constructors' championship leads to Briatore being ousted from management.

Jean Alesi(FRA) Benetton B196, 3rd place Hungarian Grand Prix, Hungaroring, 11th August 1996

1996

The loss of Schumacher, who leaves to join Ferrari, hits the team hard. They record no victories and 10 podiums to finish the year third in the standings.

Michael Schumacher(GER) Benetton B195, 1st place. German GP, Hockenheim, 30 July 1995

1995

Quick Renault engines, an equally quick car and Schumacher make for another dominant year for the team. They secure both titles with the German and team mate Johnny Herbert scoring 11 wins in total.

Race winner Michael Schumacher(GER) Benetton B194. French Grand Prix, Magny-Cours, France 3 July 1994. World ©  Sutton

1994

The B194 is the class of the field and Schumacher dominates, with eight wins bringing him the drivers' title. There's controversy too, with the German's clash with Damon Hill and technological indiscretions making headlines.

Michael Schumacher (GER) Benetton. chats with Flavio Briatore (ITA) Benetton Team Manager. Hungarian Grand Prix, Hungaroring, Hungary, 15 August 1993.

1993

A tricky season for the team but Schumacher claims one win in Portugal to secure third in the constructors' championship.

Michael Schumacher (GER) watches the qualifying times with Ross Brawn (GBR) Belgian Grand Prix, Spa, 30 August 1992

1992

Michael Schumacher joins Martin Brundle to form an all-new line-up. Schumacher gives the team a competitive edge and wins for the first time in Belgium. Third in the standings.

The podium (L to R): Stefano Modena (ITA) Tyrrell second; Nelson Piquet (BRA) Benetton winner; Riccardo Patrese (ITA) Williams third. Canadian Grand Prix, Montreal, 2 June 1991. World ©  Sutton

1991

Despite a cunning win from Piquet in Japan, the team's high expectations are disappointed amid managerial wrangling. Drop back to fourth in the constructors' championship.

Nelson Piquet leads his Benetton team mate Roberto Moreno to a 1-2 finish Japanese GP - Suzuka, Japan, 21 October 1990. World ©  Sutton.

1990

Nelson Piquet joins line up but it's a largely difficult season. Piquet, however, claims two wins, in Japan and Australia, where he finishes just ahead of team mate Moreno. Third in constructors' standings.

Alessandro Nannini (ITA) Benetton B188 inheriting victory after Ayrton Senna's post race disqualification. Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka, 22nd October 1989. World ©  Sutton.

1989

Flavio Briatore appointed commercial director. One victory for Nannini in Japan, but only after Ayrton Senna is disqualified for his clash with Prost. Fourth in the constructors' championship.

Thierry Boutsen (BEL) Benetton B188 at La Source finished third at his home GP, but was disqualified in December 1988 for fuel irregularities. Belgian Grand Prix, Spa-Francorchamps, 28 August 1988.

1988

Fabi replaced by Alessandro Nannini. The revised line-up scores 39 points but seven podium finishes means the team are third in the constructors' standings.

Thierry Boutsen (BEL) Benetton Ford B187. Formula One World Championship, Rd4, Monaco Grand Prix, Monte-Carlo, Monaco. 31 May 1987.

1987

Swap to Ford engines and Thierry Boutsen joins line-up alongside Fabi. Although they fail to win a race, two podiums (one apiece) secures the team fifth in the championship.

Winner Gerhard Berger (AUS) Benetton B186 Mexican Grand Prix, Mexico City, 12 October 1986

1986

The restyled team joins the grid as Benetton. Teo Fabi and Gerhard Berger drive the BMW-engined car with Berger scoring the team's first win in Mexico. Finish sixth in standings.

Piercarlo Ghinzani (ITA) Toleman TG185, DNF European Grand Prix, Brands Hatch, 6 October 1985

1985

Tyre supply and budget issues limit team to one-car entry at most races. Fail to score and drop to 16th overall. Bought out by sponsors Benetton ahead of '86 season.

Ayrton Senna(BRA), Toleman TG184, DNF Dutch GP, Zandvoort, 26 August 1984

1984

Score first podiums courtesy of newcomer Ayrton Senna, who finishes second to Alain Prost in rain-halted Monaco thriller and third at team's home race at Brands Hatch. Seventh in constructors' championship.

Teo Fabi(ITA) Toleman TG181C British GP, Brands Hatch, 18 July 1982

1982 - 1983

Form slowly improves. Warwick sets fastest lap at 1982 Dutch Grand Prix and scores team's first points with fourth place at same round in '83 as they take ninth in constructors' championship.

Derek Warwick (GBR), Toleman TG181, did not qualify. Belgian Grand Prix, Rd5, Zolder, Belgium, 17 May 1981.

1981

F1 debut season for UK-based Toleman Motorsport, founded by Ted Toleman and Alex Hawkridge. Qualify for only two Grands Prix - with Brian Henton in Italy and Derek Warwick in Las Vegas.