Team boss Eric Boullier appears set to take the helm at McLaren following his surprise resignation from Lotus.
Rumours had swirled towards the end of 2013 that Boullier was considering his future after failing to complete an investment deal with Quantum Racing and over his handling of affairs with former driver Kimi Raikkonen.
However these were brushed aside by the Frenchman who at the time claimed it was an unnecessary distraction for his team as build up continues to the new season.
Now, following Ron Dennis’ return as CEO of the McLaren Group, it appears Woking could be Boullier’s next destination as current team boss Martin Whitmarsh is set for the axe.
After Boullier tended his resignation with immediate effect, Lotus confirmed team owner Gerard Lopez will take over as team principal.
Boullier’s departure is a major blow for Lotus as he has gained a reputation of being able to run a competitive front running team on a much smaller budget than some other teams. He was also largely praised for the improvement shown by Romain Grosjean, who has gone from reckless crasher to future star.
He also leaves the team in quite a difficult position. They are the only outfit not taking part in the opening pre-season test in Jerez next week and huge issues financially remain, despite this new boss Lopez is confident of the team’s future.
“Lotus F1 Team has never stood still and we head into what promises to be an exciting 2014 season with an innovative new car, new partners and a new management structure at Enstone," the team said a statement.
“Great things have been achieved over the past years and we need to continue this momentum.
“We thank Eric for all his hard work over the past four years and we are confident we can continue to fight as one of the top teams in Formula 1 over the seasons ahead.”
The news coincides with McLaren’s launch of its 2014 car, the MP4-29 which is set to be revealed at 12pm GMT, though no word has been made on whether any official announcement will be made.
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