Boullier: Talent not weight will decide drivers
8 October 2013 – Lotus team principal Eric Boullier has insisted driver weight will not impact on who the team opts for in 2014.
The subject of weight will be more important next season, when the new engines come in, but while this will disadvantage some drivers, like Sauber pilot Nico Hülkenberg, who has been linked to the Enstone-based squad as a replacement for the Ferrari bound Kimi Räikkönen, Boullier added that talent and speed will be a far more important factor.
“We’re more interested in the talent and potential of a driver rather than the difference of a few kilos,” Boullier confirmed.
“We have confidence in our development team to be able to produce a car for the 2014 regulations which should be competitive in the hands of any driver we consider for next year.”
Meanwhile, Boullier added that he was delighted with the 2-3 finish in Korea last weekend: “It doesn’t matter what’s said about you away from the track, it’s on track that you have to deliver and we certainly delivered in Korea,” he added. “It’s a testament to the strength and the breadth of the team that we were able to get both drivers on the podium in quite an emphatic fashion.
“We expected to put in a good showing, but it’s always difficult to know exactly how well you will compete relative to the opposition. To be honest, a double podium tastes like a race win this late in the season.
“All credit is due to everyone back at Enstone for delivering us extra performance from the long wheelbase car, as any gain towards the end of the year is especially beneficial as we fight for position in both Championships. The race team delivered a great strategy and pit stops, whilst both drivers drove exceptionally well. This is what we want for the remaining five races of 2013.”