Lotus team principal Eric Boullier says that Quantum has promised to deliver its eagerly awaited funding in the next week.
Many paddock observers remain skeptical about the prospects of the deal finally coming together.
“I hope so, it’s what I’ve been told,” said Boullier. “For the team itself, for Genii, for everybody it would be great to have this completed. We have to put in place, obviously, the plan for the team. And that’s going to be the deadline.
“That would first be a great reward for the team, and a great reward too for Genii Capital, who believe in our team and pushed very hard for the last four years. And with this completed we would be let’s say money-wise safe for more than a couple of years, and you can then work on a proper strategy to establish your team and make everybody and all the people in your team reassured about the future. And obviously rebuild the trust and confidence in everybody as well.”
Meanwhile Nico Hulkenberg’s prospects of joining the team remain tied to the Quantum funding.
“I think he wants to join us, or he would like to join us, and we would like to have him on board. I believe having Hulkenberg and Grosjean would be one of the best pairs in the pitlane, and actually a very affordable one, if I may say this. I understand his position as well. He had a very bad experience when he was dropped by Williams. He doesn’t want to be in the same situation. I cannot blame him to sign or to commit somewhere else if we have failed with the timing.”Eric Boullier, Formula 1, Lotus, Nico Hulkenberg, Romain Grosjean