Now that Group Lotus and Genii Capital have gazumped 1 Malaysia Racing with their black/gold livery, they’ve now clothed Renault F1’s 2010 car in the new design to show us just what to expect in 2011.

Complemented by its new-for-2011 Pirelli slick tyres, it will make a stunning contribution to the F1 grid and should be a front-runner now that drivers Robert Kubica and Vitaly Petrov have had their race seats confirmed. The Russian has signed a new two-year deal with the recently rebranded squad, which was announced this morning.

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Lotus Renault team principal Eric Boullier said: “We are very pleased to confirm that Vitaly will be staying with us for 2011 and 2012, in order that both he and the team can build on a promising 2010 campaign.

“The entire team has been working flat out over the past months to improve our competitiveness and a stable driver line-up is essential to achieving our targets. Robert Kubica provides a remarkable benchmark for both speed and consistency, and we are certain that Vitaly will move closer to this level of performance next year.”

Petrov said: “I am very happy to continue with the team and proud to be representing Lotus Renault GP for the 2011 and 2012 seasons.

“I learned a lot about the sport, the circuits and the car this year. That will help me improve even more in the future.

[/two_columns] [two_columns_last ]Vitaly Petrov, who was confirmed this morning as a 2011 driver in the re-branded Lotus Renault F1 team.[/two_columns_last]

“I am very excited about working with this great team once more and I’m confident that I will deliver. In many ways 2010 was about learning. 2011 will be about performing. Today, I feel I am ready to rise to this challenge.”

So let’s take a look at some more pictures of the new Lotus Renault livery..

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