Team Lotus has bought Caterham, as you’ve read earlier, and some have branded the acquisition as a “back up plan” of sorts, a name to fall back on should Tony Fernandes and friends lose the Lotus name war against Group Lotus. The case is being played in British courts now, and a verdict is weeks away.

That can’t be dismissed as mere rumour, as it’s been revealed that Team Lotus hired a company to acquire domain names other than the currently used The F1 Times says that Net Names, a company which specialises in acquiring domain names, has registered, and on behalf of Team Lotus.

According to the report, the above domain names were acquired on April 19th, a week after Tony Fernandes and Kamarudin Meranun were appointed as directors of Caterham.

Sonan what? Sonangol is the oil company of Angola, sort of like the African nation’s Petronas. This potential title sponsor of “Caterham F1” is a long time backer of Team Lotus’ current reserve driver, Ricardo Teixeira. The 27-year old Lisbon born racer holds dual Portuguese-Angolan nationalities.

Of course this is all assuming they lose the court battle. If they win, Team Lotus will still be Team Lotus!