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Troubled Lotus face hospitality tent lockout at Japanese GP

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Troubled Lotus face hospitality tent lockout at Japanese GP

Troubled Lotus face hospitality tent lockout at Japanese GP

Enstone based F1 squad still without a hospitality unit at Japanese Grand Prix; Drivers done just one lap apiece in rain-hit First Practice.

Lotus F1 team unable to obtain a key to their hospitality unit due to an unpaid bill from last year’s Japanese GP.

For the second consecutive day, members of the cash-strapped outfit have sought refuge in another place at the track with the drivers dining at rival teams.

Meanwhile, around 60 members of staff ate breakfast at fast-food restaurants, while others dined with fellow F1 teams.

Troubled Lotus face hospitality tent lockout at Japanese GP

Romain Grosjean shared this photo on Twitter as his team’s lock-out from hospitality continued

Romain Grosjean posted a picture on Twitter of his team sitting on makeshift chairs in the pits on Friday.

Grosjean wrote: “Just like the old days”, while perched on a cool box at the back of the team’s garage.

Jolyon Palmer is also to see the funny side on Friday following posted pictures on his social media.

Troubled Lotus face hospitality tent lockout at Japanese Grand Prix

Troubled Lotus face hospitality tent lockout at Japanese Grand Prix

“Now just kicking back and enjoying the @Lotus_F1Team VIP hospitality,” Palmer wrote.

Following the Singapore GP, Pastor Maldonado was confirmed with the team for another season.

He brings with him millions of dollars thanks to Venezuelan oil company PDVSA. Rumours linking the team to a buyout from Renault continue to linger, but are yet to reach any official outcome.

It’s left the team in a precarious position and could see it close its doors altogether following the Japanese Grand Prix. Having been adjourned in the buildup to the Singapore Grand Prix, courts will decide the team’s fate on Monday. If placed into administration only a miracle would see the team in Russia.

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