Gerard Lopez
Jan 24

F1: Lopez Replaces Boullier As Lotus Team Principal

Gerard Lopez (right) will replace Eric Boullier (left) as team principal at Lotus. (Photo: Getty Images)

(right) will replace (left) as team principal at . (Photo: Getty Images)

Gerard Lopez took over as the team principal of Lotus on Friday as a replacement for Eric Boullier, fueling widespread media reports that the Frenchman is on the move to Formula One rival McLaren.

Lopez will combine his new role with his previous position of co-chairman at Lotus, which had a strong season on the track last year despite financial problems off it.

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Nov 1

F1: Revealing Q&A With Lotus F1 Team Co-Owner Gerard Lopez

Gerard Lopez, Chairman and majority owner of Lotus, looks on during practice. (Photo: Getty Images)

, chairman and majority owner of , looks on during practice. (Photo: Getty Images)

The relationship between and the Lotus team has been in the spotlight of late, not least because of the controversial radio message in India where the Finn was told to get out of ’s way. Meanwhile, the ongoing saga of the team’s failure to pay its star driver has put a firm focus on the financial situation.

Today, the team responded by issuing an interesting Q&A with co-owner Gerard Lopez. Featured here are the questions that relate to Raikkonen.

Q: How is the relationship with Kimi?

“Good. I speak with Kimi more than a lot of people probably realize and we rarely speak about . Of course, recently a lot was made about the comments between Alan Permane and Kimi during the course of a tense moment in a race, but this was just one exchange taking a matter of seconds in the course of a two-year relationship. It certainly wasn’t the most beneficial few seconds, but you have to step back and accept that everyone is passionate about racing and sometimes these things do happen.”

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