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Lotus closing on second 2016 F1 driver

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Lotus closing on second 2016 F1 driver

Lotus closing on second 2016 F1 driver

Lotus F1 team close to announcement on second driver for 2016 season. Jean Eric-Vergne, Jolyon Palmer and free bench speedy Kevin Magnussen also emerged as contenders’ role for next season.

Lotus has “a pretty good idea” of who will replace Romain Grosjean in 2016, according to deputy team principal Federico Gastaldi.

Last month current Lotus’ leading driver Grosjean announced that to join newcomers Haas F1 team for 2016, Pastor Maldonado remains the only confirmed driver at Lotus, with the team evaluating a number of options for his team-mate.

Currently, the fate of the entire Enstone based team is uncertain, despite Renault having signed a letter signalling its intention to buy the outfit.

“The remorseless passing of time means that you always get closer to something in the future, so yes, we are closer to making an announcement,” said Gastaldi.

“We won’t be disclosing who it is before we announce it, but we certainly have been speaking to drivers with good provenance and we have a pretty good idea who we will have in the car.”

Gastaldi has previously named third driver Jolyon Palmer as a strong candidate for the seat, even as latest reports much strongly says Kevin Magnussen has also been in discussions over the vacancy.

Saxo Bank – Kevin Magnussen – Lotus 2016 F1

Lotus-closing-on-second-2016-F1-driver-lineupA Dutch bank’s departing chief is not sure Saxo Bank is going to continue as a sponsor of the Lotus team beyond 2015.

A Lotus drive would tie in nicely for the young Dane, given that Copenhagen-based Saxo Bank has already worked with the black and gold-coloured team.

When asked if Saxo Bank had held any talks with Magnussen, however, chief Lars Christensen – who is stepping down from the bank at the end of the year – told the Danish newspaper BT: “Not in depth, no.”

Curiously, however, Saxo Bank has in the last few days decided to stop sponsoring a top Tour de France cycling team ahead of 2016, ramping up speculation it could turn its full attention to F1 instead.

When asked about F1, however, Christensen said: “We are not going to comment before we are ready to announce anything. We have not completed our negotiations for next year.”

As for whether a title sponsorship with Lotus or Renault may be on the cards, he insisted: “I cannot say anything at this stage.”

And Magnussen’s manager Dorte Riis Madsen commented: “There is no clarification on Kevin’s future yet, but we are working to find a solution.” (ThisisF1/GMM)

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