Lotus F1 team admits that money was a vital thing in signing Pastor Maldonado, and also the team Principal Eric Boullier says that with some “fine-tuning” and TLC, Lotus can get the best out of Maldonado on the next season race weekends.
The main cause for Hulkenberg being overlooked for Maldonado at Lotus, the Venezuelan is backed by state-funded oil company PDVSA and with the Quantum deal not assured; Boullier told Sky Sports.
“Obviously there is a financial support with Pastor, which in these days we may need. And unfortunately, as I said before, timing is an issue.” Boullier told Sky Sports.
“Even if Genii is deeply involved in funding the team, there are some solutions that need to be done. And it’s true that Quantum Motorsports is the best one we can have but timing is everything, especially in Formula 1. We have to deliver a car in less than eight weeks now.”
“I think we just need to make sure he can keep his focus – actually similar issues we had with Romain last year – keep his focus on track. I’m sure that with the proper support and team around him, we can do something nice with Pastor.”
“Maybe there is still some fine-tuning to do with him. And I think one the most important parts, having talked to him already, is obviously feeling the support of the team behind him.”