Former Director Of Competition for Citroën and Peugeot, Sport Olivier Quesnel, has emerged as one of the favourites to take up the post of Lotus Team Principal.
In the aftermath of Eric Boulliers departure from the Enstone outfit to McLaren, L’Equipe reports that Quesnel is top of the list of likely replacements for the role which is now temporarily taken up by Genii boss Gerard Lopez.
Quesnel is a vastly experienced motorsport figure. H to prominence in 1980 when he created Peugeot Talbot Sport with Jean Todt. He has since then had various roles within motorsport, including being a director of the Auto Hebdo weekly magazine.
In 2008 Quesnel was appointed head of Citroën Racing to replace retiring Guy Fréquelin, and enjoyed instant success when the French manufacturer won the 2009 World Rally Championship, enabling Sebastien Loeb’s dominance of the sport until 2012.
At the end of 2008 PSA Peugeot Citroën put Quesnel in charge of their Le Mans 24 hours programme, where he proceeded to lead the team to victory in 2009 along with the WRC title yet again. He departed Citroen Racing in 2012.
He was then appointed Director of Activities with JN Holding Group, in charge of international development related to different endurance championships and motorsport projects.
Along with Quesnel, deposed McLaren Team Principal Martin Whitmarsh is also in the running for the F1 role with Lotus.
Meanwhile the team has stated that “no decision has been taken yet” regarding who will lead operations in Bahrain for their first official Formula 1 test, where new signing Pastor Maldonado will make his debut for the team alongside Romain Grosjean in the all new E22.
Lotus was the only team to miss out on the season opening test at Jerez, late last month. (GP247)
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