Formula 1

Lotus & Marussia reject doubts over 2014 participation

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The two teams were adamant they would be racing in 2014 (©GettyImages)
The two teams were adamant they would be racing in 2014 (©GettyImages).

When Formula 1′s governing body the FIA released it’s entry list for the upcoming 2014 season two teams had an asterisk placed next to their names.

However, Lotus and Marussia have rejected claims this means their participation in the upcoming season is somehow under threat.

Indeed reports from several sources indicate the “subject to confirmation” next to Lotus’ name on the list is purely down to the technical reasons.

Italy’s Omnicorse claims it is possible the nose solution the designers at Enstone had come up with had been deemed illegal by the FIA, while Finnish broadcaster MTV3 believes a still unsigned contract with Renault for 2014 is the main reason for the uncertainty.

However, the noises coming from with the Lotus camp indicate work on the new car continues at a frantic pace with the team’s popular Twitter page posting a picture of a piece of material with the label “Model: E22″ the name for the 2014 chassis.

Accompanying the picture it read: “Seeing is believing, hello E22, and oh how you’re growing.”

Despite the outfit trying to portray a ‘business as usual’ image to the fans another Finnish media outlet, newspaper Turun Sanomat, reports the Enstone team will be the only absentee from the opening test in Jerez in two weeks time.

“Everything is fine here,” team boss Eric Boullier told the BBC. “Lotus will be on the grid this year and for a long time.”

Meanwhile the revealing of the 2014 entry list also let the cat out of the bag that Marussia have retained the same driver line-up for 2014 with Max Chilton partnering Jules Bianchi.

At the annual Autosport International event in Birmingham, England, the back-of-the-grid team made the news official.

“Continuity is important for the team but also for me as a driver,” Chilton was quoted as saying.

And Team President Graeme Lowdon also played down the concerns raised by the asterisk placed next to their name on the FIA entry list insisting the team remains on course to be ready for the opening pre-season test in Spain.

“With our race driver lineup complete we can now focus all of our attention on our 2014 car and moving Marussia to the next level,” team boss John Booth added.

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