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2014-01-24 13:15

WHITMARSH’S REPLACEMENT? Former Lotus chief Eric Boullier (left) could replace Martin Whitmarsh as team principal. Image: AFP

LONDON, England - Eric Boullier has leapt into hot contention to be McLaren's new team boss after a sudden departure from Lotus.

In December 2013 the Frenchman angrily slammed rumours that he was about to quit as Lotus' team principal, insisting everything was "quite normal" at the team, but that was before Ron Dennis took back full control of McLaren, throwing the future of current team boss Martin Whitmarsh into huge doubt.


Lotus confirmed early on January 24 2014 that Boullier's departure was immediate and that he would be replaced as boss by team owner and co-chairman Gerard Lopez.The statement continued:

"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 F1 over the seasons ahead."

As well as fuelling the strong McLaren rumours Boullier's Lotus exit has cast further doubt on the future of the financially  struggling team but the Lotus statement on January 24 said more new sponsors will be announced when the 2014 car was launched at the Bahrain test early in February 2014.

The statement added: "The team management, car and partner portfolio will illustrate the team's will and desire to continue its quest to become one of the strongest teams in F1 in every sense."
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