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The history of Lotus in Formula One

Updated 1848 GMT (0248 HKT) March 23, 2012
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Briton Colin Chapman founded Lotus in 1948. He is pictured here alongside driver Jim Clark, who would go on to win a drivers' championship for the team. Getty Images
British racer Clark won Lotus' first championship in 1963. He clinched the drivers' crown again 1965, but sadly died after a fatal crash at Hockenheim in Germany in 1968. Getty Images
Germany-born Austrian driver Jochen Rindt holds a unique position within Formula One history. He won the drivers' championship in 1970, despite passing away after a crash at Monza midway through the season. Getty Images
Brazil's Emerson Fittipaldi won another drivers' title for Lotus in 1972. He went on to claim glory once more in 1974. Getty Images
Lotus were on top once again in 1978, when American Mario Andretti grabbed the title. Andretti enjoyed a glittering motorsport career, which saw him also race in IndyCar and NASCAR. Getty Images
After withdrawing from the sport in 1994, the Lotus name returned to Formula One in 2010. Malaysian businessman Tony Fernandes bought the rights to the "Team Lotus" name. Getty Images
After Renault announced a sponsorship deal with the Lotus car manufacturer in 2011, a situation emerged where two teams were competing under the Lotus name. A court case ensued, after which Renault emerged with the rights to the Lotus name for 2012. Getty Images
As a result of the court case, Fernandes' CNN-sponsored team were rebranded as the Caterham team for 2012. Getty Images