By Andrew Benson
BBC Sport at Monza
Lotus have yet to earn a point in 2010
Lotus are to switch to Renault engines for the 2011 Formula 1 season after agreeing to end their contract with Cosworth, BBC Sport understands.
The team, new to F1 this year, were happy with the Cosworth engine but have been frustrated by problems with its associated gearbox and transmission.
Team principal Tony Fernandes told BBC Sport: "We have to do something different and it will be done soon.
"There's nothing wrong with the engine but we've had some issues."
Fernandes, who was talking on the
BBC F1 Forum,
refused to confirm that the team's new engine would be a Renault.
"Lots of negotiations have gone on over the last couple of weeks and we're very happy with the outcome," he said.
"We want to move up the grid and we want to be up there with the Red Bulls and Ferraris in years to come - we're not going to do that overnight but we've got to make those constant steps forwards."
Lotus have been the most successful of the three new teams this season, which also include Virgin and Hispania, but have been unable to bridge the gap to even the slowest of the established teams.
A statement from Cosworth said: "Cosworth has reached an agreement in principle with Lotus Racing whereby the team's Cosworth engine supply agreement will come to a conclusion at the end of the current Formula 1 season.
"This agreement is subject to contract and until the agreement is signed, neither party will be making any further comment."
Trulli frustrated by Lotus reliability
The move was announced late on Sunday night, after it emerged that
Lotus would race under their historic name Team Lotus next year.
Italian Jarno Trulli will remain as one of the team's drivers but there is uncertainty about the second seat.
Finn Heikki Kovalainen could well stay on, but Fernandes refused to confirm that on Sunday.
He said: "Heikki's the kind of person we love at Lotus - tons of energy, he's always positive and hope that we have a long, long career together, and that we can deliver to him the type of package that can really get him where he should be."
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