Lotus F1 first began racing in 2012, a different team to that racing from 1958-1994 founded by Colin Chapman. Another Lotus team also entered in 2010, which was run by Tony Fernandes, this team changed to Caterham in 2011.
The Renault team from 2011 was rebranded to Lotus for the 2012 season, which was successful for the team. Grosjean and Raikkonen finished on the podium a total of 10 times in the season. However, it wasn’t until the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix that the won their first race, which was won by Raikkonen. This success meant they ended the season in 4th place, beaten only by Red Bull, Ferrari and McLaren.
2013 started positively, with Raikkonen winning in the Australian GP. With 14 podiums in total, the team beat their overall points score from the previous year (303) with 315 points. Despite this, the top 3 teams remained the same as 2012 and Lotus finished in 4th once again. 2014 saw performance drop massively as the team struggled with the Renault Power Unit. Reliability was a huge issue and the team had 12 DNFs in total. The best result was 8th in Spain and Monaco. Grosjean finished the season with 8 points and Maldonado received 2 – this meant they finished 8th in the standings with just 10 points.
On 5th July 2014, the team announced that they would use Mercedes engines in 2015, instead of Lotus. The team kept Grosjean and Maldonado for 2015 but financial difficulties meant that they were bought by Renault at the end of the season. For 2016, they signed Magnussen and with Grosjean making the move to Haas, they signed Palmer to race alongside him. They scored on just three occasions and finished down in 9th.
With Magnussen also leaving for Haas, Hulkenberg joined the team for 2017. It was a stronger season for the team, with Hulkenberg scoring regularly. From the US GP onwards, Sainz replaced Palmer and will be retained for 2018.