Lotus: With proper support and team around him, we can do something nice with Pastor
6 December, 2013
Lotus team boss Eric Boullier believes that in the proper environment their new signing, Pastor Maldonado will, calm down and thrive just as their ‘first lap nutcase’ has done this season.
Romain Grosjean last season earned the label of being a crasher, the wild guy of Formula 1. But with intervention and nurturing from Lotus the Frenchman has turned his career around and became the revelation of the 2013 season.
Speaking to Sky, Boullier said he believes that the same is possbile with Maldonado, “He’s a friendly guy, he’s a fast guy. He won a race in Formula 1 and it was on merit – it was not gained from some lottery. I think we just need to make sure he can keep his focus – actually similar issues we had with Romain last year – keep his focus on track.”
“I’m sure that with the proper support and team around him, we can do something nice with Pastor. Maybe there is still some fine-tuning to do with him. And I think one the most important parts, having talked to him already, is obviously feeling the support of the team behind him,” ventured Boullier.
It is no secret that Maldonado arrives at Lotus with a bag of much needed loot for the team – a sum estimated to be around $30 million provided by Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA – which is no doubt one of the reasons he was chosen ahead of Nico Hulkenberg who was their favoured driver to replace Ferrari bound Kimi Raikkonen.
“Obviously there is a financial support with Pastor, which in these days we may need. And unfortunately, as I said before, timing is an issue. Even if Genii is deeply involved in funding the team, there are some solutions that need to be done. It’s true that Quantum Motorsports is the best one we can have but timing is everything, especially in Formula 1,” explained Boullier.
“We have to deliver a car in less than eight weeks now,” added the Lotus team chief. (GP247)
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