Lotus has signed a letter of intent to secure less good engines for the 2016 season.
The agreement to sell to Renault will allow the Enstone-based team to get rid of the powerful Mercedes motors it currently uses and replace them with the proven disappointment of French power units once described by Red Bull’s Christian Horner as, ‘Wah wah wah, these are rubbish, wah wah wah, it’s not fair.’
‘Under Renault control and with Renault engines, we could realise the full potential of disappointingness,’ said an insider. ‘Especially in the hands of Mr Crashy.’
Sources say that if Renault power does not deliver the worse results the team is looking for, they are prepared to look at more radical options under a secret plan known as ‘Project Honda’.