7 Jun 2011

Renault granted permission to race in usual colours

6:59 am on 7 June 2011

The Renault Formula One team have been cleared to race in their black-and-gold colours in Monday's Canadian Grand Prix after fears that they would fall foul of anti-tobacco advertising laws.

Principal Eric Boullier said in a statement that the Lotus-sponsored team, who have no connection with the tobacco industry, had contacted the Quebec authorities recently to discuss the livery and the legislation.

The team's 2011 black-and-gold livery harks back to the days when the old Lotus team were sponsored by cigarette brand John Player Special, whose packs are still sold in the distinctive colours.

Boullier said Renault were fully aware of Quebec's stringent legislation on promotional associations with tobacco and would "use all means available to dispel any misconceptions that our identity and that of our partners is somehow associated with this industry".