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A verdict over the Lotus naming rights’ row, which originally went to to court in March, is expected on Friday afternoon.

The High Court said Justice Peter Smith is scheduled to declare the outcome of the F1 naming dispute between Group Lotus versus Team Lotus at 2pm.

The verdict, which is expected to be appealed no matter which side is successful, follows a ten-day trial at the end of March.
The two sides have been fighting over the right to use the historic name in Formula One, which currently features on both the Team Lotus cars and the Renaults as a sponsor.

“Group Lotus is concerned that this aspect of the judgment will cause confusion in the eyes of spectators and the wider public,” said the statement from Hethel.

“Accordingly, Group Lotus is seeking leave to appeal so that the right to use the Lotus brand in Formula One is clarified once and for all in the interests of the sport and the fans.
“Group Lotus and its shareholder Proton Holding Bhd are confident of success on appeal.”