Montagny doubts Lotus will be competitive with 100 less staff 26 March, 2014 Lotus F1 factory at Enstone (File Photo) Former F1 driver turned TV pundit Franck Montagny has made a bleak assessment of beleaguered Lotus 2014 prospects, in the aftermath of a huge staff exodus from the Enstone based team. Lotus’ campaign so far has been nothing short of disastrous as the visually-striking E22 struggles not only for pace, but merely to run. “It is a really complicated situation for them,” Montagny told Le Figaro. “They lost Eric Boullier to McLaren, but that’s not the only thing – they are a hundred people less at Enstone after the winter. “100 people is significant and cannot be easily overcome. Today, I do not see how they can go back to the top of the table. “They will be able to fight for the points but aiming higher, I would say, seems very difficult,” Montagny added. (GMM) Subbed by AJN. Reports on GrandPrix247.com by: staff & contributors, Reuters syndication, GMM service, Formula 1 teams, sponsors & organisations.