Connect with us

Belgian GP

Lotus F1 cars finally leave Spa-Francorchamps

Published

on

Lotus F1 cars finally leave Spa-Francorchamps

Lotus F1 cars finally leave Spa-Francorchamps


Four days after the Belgian grand prix, Lotus and its black and gold cars have finally left Spa-Francorchamps.

All of the Enstone team’s transporters and race equipment had been barred from returning to its UK headquarters by court bailiffs, following action taken by disgruntled former reserve driver Charles Pic.

Frenchman Pic was demanding an $800,000 settlement for breach of contract, but it is believed he is not the only creditor. Toyota, the Cologne-based motor sport arm, is understood to also be owed money.

Nonetheless, Lotus has now been allowed to leave Spa, a French broadcaster reports.

“Although the dispute between Lotus and Pic is not fully resolved, progress has been made,” said Canal Plus.

It could be that the ‘progress’ is movement in the negotiations between Lotus and the French carmaker Renault, who are believed to have made a concrete offer to take over the Enstone team.

The French magazine Auto Hebdo claims Renault is offering EUR 7.5 million now, and a further EUR 50m to be paid to Lotus’ current owners over the next ten years.

Renault would then own 60 per cent of the team, with quadruple world champion and F1 legend Alain Prost coming on board with 10 per cent in a deal similar to that between Niki Lauda and Mercedes.

Gerard Lopez would reportedly then retain 30 per cent, including a post as consultant.

At Lotus’ Enstone base, fingers are crossed that a deal can be signed quickly.

“We would welcome them (Renault) with open arms,” the Austrian news agency APA quotes Lotus engineer Alan Permane as saying.

“We have a great relationship with Mercedes, but to again be a factory team would be fantastic.” (GMM)

Comments

Latest Results




Latest F1 News

2018 F121 mins ago

McLaren confirms Sainz to replace Alonso in 2019 F1

McLaren Racing today confirms that Carlos Sainz will race for the team in Formula 1 from the 2019 FIA Formula...

2018 F12 days ago

Alonso will not race F1 in 2019

Marking 14th August as a day he would make an announcement on twitter, Fernando Alonso announced that he won’t be...

2018 F14 days ago

Ricciardo is not happy with Verstappen, It’s a risk – Massa

Felipe Massa says he can understand why Daniel Ricciardo decided to quit Red Bull. Ricciardo, one of F1’s top drivers,...

2018 F15 days ago

Stroll leads Force India rescue deal

Force India has been rescued by a consortium led by Lawrence Stroll, the billionaire father of Williams driver Lance Stroll....

2018 F11 week ago

Giovinazzi targeting 2019 Sauber race seat

Antonio Giovinazzi admits he has an eye on a Sauber seat for 2019. Ferrari’s other protege, Charles Leclerc, is linked...

2018 F11 week ago

Stroll should leave Williams now – Villeneuve

Jacques Villeneuve thinks Canadian countryman Lance Stroll should leave Williams immediately. Stroll’s billionaire father Lawrence is leading the consortium that...

2018 F11 week ago

Alonso could leave F1 for 2019 Indycar – McLaren boss

Zak Brown has admitted it is possible Fernando Alonso will leave McLaren and F1 for the Indycar series in 2019....

2018 F11 week ago

World to leave Michael Schumacher ‘in peace’ – Todt

Jean Todt has called for the world to leave F1 legend Michael Schumacher “in peace”. The condition of the seven...

2018 F11 week ago

Niki Lauda on road to recovery after lung transplant and coma

Niki Lauda looks to be on the road to recovery. The F1 world was in shock last week when it...

2018 F12 weeks ago

Villeneuve plays down ‘Hamilton-Jesus Christ’ comparison

Jacques Villeneuve has played down quotes that suggested he thinks Lewis Hamilton behaves like Jesus Christ. The quotes spread like...




Most Popular

ThisisF1.com is not affiliated with Formula 1, Formula One Management, Formula One Administration, Formula One Licensing BV, Formula One World Championship Ltd or any other organization or entity associated with the official Formula One governing organizations or their shareholders. Copyrighted material used under Fair Use/Fair Comment.

References
We could use the following leading F1 news sources for stories: SkyF1, BBC F1, Autosport, ESPN F1, FIA Media Center, MotorSport, JamesAllen and others leading authors blog.

All Rights Reserved © 2017 Prime Sport Media