Lotus F1 team is now ready to “push the throttle” … in 2014, despite financial problems which have plagued the outfit since last year, even resulting the surprise departure of Team Principal Eric Boullier.
That is the claim of driver Romain Grosjean, following reports the Enstone team is still struggling with the sort of financial problems that became well-known in the Formula 1 paddock late last season.
Lotus’ problems look to have continued into the new season, when team boss Boullier, who is Frenchman Grosjean’s manager, switched to McLaren.
“It was big news and actually it surprised even us,” Grosjean is quoted by France’s Infosport Plus. “I think it’s a big opportunity for him and I understand that.
“Now we need to find someone to replace him at Enstone, because Eric led the team very well,” he added.
“We have gone through quite a difficult period,” Grosjean admitted, “but now things are going much better and it’s great.”
Grosjean was also quoted by Le Figaro as saying that even in the midst of the problems last year, “It did not stop us from being on the podium”.
“We were even the only ones who were standing up to Red Bull,” he insisted. “Now the budget is balanced and everything is in place.
After missing the first F1 pres-eason test at Jerez last month, Lotus will be in action at the forthcoming back-to-back tests in Bahrain, where Grosjean will share the cockpit of the E22 with the team’s newcomer Pastor Maldonado. (GMM)
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