Yes, the High Court trial between Group Lotus and Team Lotus may have begun, but it’s the stuff outside that’s making all the news, with claims and allegations bringing about counter claims.

The current outdoor blaze started when David Hunt claimed that Tony Fernandes had gone back on an agreement regarding payment for the brand, as reported in The Telegraph.

The relationship has deteriorated significantly, it would seem – the paper also said that Tony has allegedly instructed his lawyers to sue Hunt for defamation in the past week, although Hunt claimed he did not know on what grounds.

Hunt had told the paper that “he [Fernandes] apparently ‘changed his mind’ at the 11th hour, by his own admission, now that I’ve done so much work on his company’s behalf, and he’s trying to renegotiate by offering new terms which are, frankly, ludicrous.”

Now, however, according to another report, again by The Telegraph, Team Lotus have responded by claiming that it is Hunt who has refused to accept the original deal agreed between the two parties and is now seeking to extract more money out of them (Team Lotus).

“Team Lotus has an agreement with David Hunt which was signed by both parties. David Hunt has tried to renegotiate that agreement, which Team Lotus is not prepared to do,” said a team spokesperson.

So, how does all this affect the trial, if it does? Looks like we’ll just have to see what else comes along, but one thing’s for sure – this one just gets more sordid as the days roll on.