Lotus team boss Eric Boullier has expressed his unhappiness after rumours suggesting he was to leave the team and move to Force India.
After a tumultuous season which saw lead driver Kimi Raikkonen leave early because of unpaid wages and the ongoing debacle that is the proposed tie up with Quantum Racing, it was reported Boullier had cited these reasons to resign from his post.
Instead he took to his official Twitter account to commit his future to the Enstone team; ”I have never received any (other) offers and I have not resigned,” he said on Monday.
Now according to German publication Speed Week, the Frenchman has expressed his surprise at the timing of the rumour.
“On the ground, everything was going quite normally,” he is quoted by the correspondent Agnes Carlier.
“We were preparing for the 2014 season, I was rushing from one meeting to the next, with the days beginning early and finishing late. Every day at full throttle. And then came this story,” he added.
Boullier explained how the rumour had caused some turbulence on the factory floor saying: ”It’s not just that I had to defend myself to the outside, I had to get together my people in the factory and tell them that there’s nothing to it.
“Rumours spread quickly in a racing car factory, but they should know that I’m still here and I’m not going anywhere,” Boullier insisted.
Finally he admitted the rumour came at a very inappropriate time as development on the 2014 car is at full speed.
“This is a phase in which every minute counts, as we get the car ready for the first winter test at Jerez in late January,” said Boullier.
“So this was an immense waste of time and energy,” he lamented.
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