Montagny doubts Lotus will be competitive with 100 less staff

Lotus F1 factory at Enstone (File Photo)

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)

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