Mansell, the 1992 F1 world champion, told Lotus Enthusiast website, “I am delighted to see the return of Group Lotus to Formula One through their acquisition of an equity stake in Renault F1. It is particularly pleasing for me to see the union of Lotus and Renault again and the return of the iconic black an gold colors as driven by the late greats Ayrton Senna and Elio de Angelis, Johnny Dumfries and of course, myself in the 80’s."
He added, “I have particularly fond memories of this combination as I drove a Lotus-Renault to its first podium at the 1983 European GP. Ayrton followed that up with an incredible maiden win in Portugal in 1985."
Although the famous color scheme conjures up connections with JPS cigarettes, the new Lotus Renault team will not be sponsored by the tobacco company in any way whatsoever.