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Lotus chief not concerned by weight changes

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Nico Hulkenberg could still be on course to replace the outgoing Kimmi Raikonnen at Lotus, despite the new weight changes coming next year.

Formula One have confirmed that the minimum weight of the car and the driver combined will be increased in 2014, as well as the introduction of a heavier V6 turbo engine.

Hulkenberg currently weighs approximately 74kg and he is one of the tallest drivers in F1. However, Lotus team principal Eric Boullier isn't concerned by the new regulations.

"We're more interested in the talent and potential of a driver rather than the difference of a few kilos," Boullier was quoted by Sky Sports.

"We have confidence in our development team to be able to produce a car for the 2014 regulations which should be competitive in the hands of any driver we consider for next year."

McLaren have already reportedly ruled out making a move for the German, perhaps partly because the heavier engine means they are struggling to meet the new limit.

The new restrictions mean the ideal weight for a driver is likely to between 60 and 65 kg.

It is no secret that Boullier is a fan of Hulkenberg and the driver managed an impressive fourth placed finish in South Korea. He had also been strongly linked with Ferrari, before former world champion Raikkonen was confirmed to return and partner Fernando Alonso next season. 

 

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