Quesnel is new Lotus team boss according to report

Olivier Quesnel with Sebastien Loeb

Olivier Quesnel with Sebastien Loeb

Frenchman Olivier Quesnel is the new Lotus Team Principal, according to authoritative publication Autosprint.

Quesnel, 64, best known for his World Rally success at the helm of Citroen, and also respected for his work with Peugeot at Le Mans, this week admitted that he had been in contact with team owner Gerard Lopez about replacing departed Eric Boullier.

“I will not pretend that I am not interested,” said Quesnel.

Another candidate reportedly also under consideration by Lopez was Martin Whitmarsh, who appears to be out of a job at McLaren.

“We need to make a decision quickly,” admitted Lopez, “because we have things to prepare. It will be at the latest within a week, ten days.”

According to Autosprint correspondent Roberto Chinchero, Quesnel has secured the job, and will start work next week. (GMM)

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