Lotus boss believes most F1 teams struggling like Lotus 23 December, 2013 Gerard Lopez Gerard Lopez, the owner of the Lotus F1 Team, believes that the vast majority of the teams in Formula 1 are currently struggling financially. Lotus’ problems have had a high profile in 2013, as the Enstone based team thrived with a competitive car but had to deal with reports that it was struggling to pay its drivers, ordinary employees and suppliers. But the Russian website Formula 1news.ru quoted Lopez as insisting: “For 80 per cent of the teams, their financial situation is no better than ours. “If half of those teams say they are leaving Formula 1, it would lead to the collapse of the Championship,” he claimed. Lopez said it is extraordinarily difficult for a team to raise money through investment or traditional sponsorship at present. “I can go to potential investors and say ‘I want to sell millions of cars running on renewable energy and hybrid technology’ and they tell me ‘Wow! Let’s see what we can do!’ “But if I say that I want money for F1, to participate in one of the biggest sporting events in the world, you don’t get the same answer,” he added. (GMM) Subbed by AJN. Related NewsLotus upbeat as they head to SilverstoneLotus PR chief fired over gay tweetGastaldi: We have potential still to be fulfilledGastaldi: It’s been a tough, tough start to the yearLotus: We’ll get the best out of PastorLotus get new fuel boost for MonacoLotus hit back after Renault late payment claimsBoullier: After Silverstone we may go more radicalHaas not interested in buying LotusHaas visit to Lotus may be prelude to Enstone buyout StevetheGreat Lol. Loltus make as many excuses as pirelli. Can’t wait to see hiw the perform against the top 4 teams next season! Bec Fewer viewers due to F1 increasingly being hidden away behind pay walls lowers sponsors AVE, so they pay less or go elsewhere.