Some F1 news sources revealed that, former Peugeot race director Olivier Quesnel is set to join Team Lotus. Also the sources claims that, team admitted having contacted four people to find a replacement to lead the team in Enstone. Only the name of Martin Whitmarsh had leaked so far.
The Frenchman is still working French Le Mans outfit Oak, but was unable to realise his vision there, the planned joint development of an LMP1 car by Oak and Honda (HPD) did not materialise.
Quesnel is considered an important link to the FIA, as he has excellent connections to FIA president Jean Todt, who himself is a former Peugeot man.
Also not to be overlooked is that Todt’s son Nicolas is also the manager of Lotus’ new recruit Pastor Maldonado, who brings in much needed millions, important for Lotus’s survival, courtesy of Venezuelan oil giants PDVSA.
Quesnel is set to take up the position as Sporting Director, but is also expected to take over many tasks of a team principal.
Martin Whitmarsh was the first choice of Lopez, but he refuses the position (proposed salary is correlated with the financial difficulties of the team), Quesnel could be a good solution for Lopez.