Lotus, according to CEO Matthew Carter, is not for sale, although there have been frequent speculations lately about whether the team will pass into the hands of Renault. The latter engine manufacturer has been thinking for some time about the future - whether to say goodbye to the highest class of motorsport or compete with their own team. The greatest takeover potential occurs with Toro Ross and Lotus. As already mentioned, Lotus does not agree with this, even though they are facing financial difficulties. "I know Renault is currently assessing its role in Formula 1. They are at a fairly high level, and the dilemma arises as to whether to remain just an engine supplier or change that. Our shareholders have made it clear that Lotus is not for sale. a quote that everything is for sale at its price, but shareholders claim, d
Lotus has revealed the first photos of the new E23 race car, which is powered by a Mercedes power unit and which is believed to perform much better than its predecessor. Matthew Carter, team CEO, said: "Improvements in the design, aerodynamics and simulation departments have contributed to the development of the new car, which is a big step forward. We are confident that it will do well with the team's acquisitions full of optimism. We have to leave the disappointment of the past year behind. We learned from last year's mistakes, we worked hard for twelve months, all with the intention of getting back to the right place, ie to the very top of this sport. "
Kimi Raikkonen was allegedly paid by Lotus these days, from which he received a two-year salary of 28 million euros. Lotus boss Matthew Carter confirmed that the Finn had been paid off the debt: “The financial situation has improved considerably, with Raikkonen, who left the team, helping a lot. His debt has now been settled, and we have also balanced our finances considerably. ”Lotus is therefore reducing the loss, which in the past two years amounted to 70 or 82 million euros. Well, with the dismissal of a large number of staff, they reduced the debt by only 6 million euros, and their results also fell.
The team from Enston, which has only eight World Cup points this season, is already making a plan for the future. Namely, Lotus decided on a drastic change, the transition to Mercedes powertrains. At Mercedes, they found a replacement for McLaren, which is leaving for Honda. Lotus CEO Matthew Carter said he was pleased with Mercedes' long-term view of Lotus: "We want to get back to the top and therefore need a strong long-term partner like Mercedes. We have taken a big step forward. ”They are also satisfied with the cooperation at Mercedes, where Toto Wolff says:“ We see Lotus as a good partner in the long run. We are happy to welcome them to the Mercedes-Benz family. "