At the bustling Interlagos paddock, police guarded the front and rear exits of the Enstone team’s pits, while the hospitality area was also closed.
Lengthy financial trouble
Amid the Lotus F1 obvious financial trouble as negotiations with Renault continue, staff had no access to the Lotus-reserved hospitality tent at the Japanese GP at Suzuka and Russian GP at Sochi because the bill was not paid.
In Belgian GP at Spa-Francorchamps the Enstone team’s raced despite its cars being impounded following an unresolved dispute with former test driver Charles Pic. It followed on from Pirelli refusing to release tyres to the team unless its bills.
Lotus still confident the Renault buyout
Since May Renault has been looking at purchasing the team and signed a letter of intent following the Singapore Grand Prix.
No strange situation here that the team have struggled financially all season long with a current Q&A over at F1.com with CEO Mathew Carter saying he felt confident the Renault buyout would happen and that the team would move forward.
F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone, already in Sao Paulo, revealed to the Swiss newspaper Blick on Wednesday: “Renault has still not bought Lotus.”
Even as, some latest reports have emerged that Renault staff have begun moving into Lotus’ Enstone factory, with the buyout expected to be completed in the coming weeks.