Lotus appoints Deputy Team Principal
14 March 2014 – The Lotus Formula 1 team has promoted Federico Gastaldi to the role of Deputy Team Principal.
Gastaldi, hailing from Argentina, has long-standing ties with the Enstone outfit, and most recently worked as its Director of Business Development. He steps up to his new position at this weekend's Australian Grand Prix.
"Federico Gastaldi has been a valued friend of the Genii and Enstone families for quite some time." Gérard Lopez, Co-Chairman and Team Principal of Lotus, said of the squad's latest managerial change. "His Enstone history dates back to the Benetton days. He also works with Genii on a number of projects in South America.
"For Lotus F1 Team, Federico was instrumental in nurturing our relationship with PDVSA and he continues to be a vital link for us with Venezuela. In the paddock, Federico's contact base is exceptional. As a figurehead, no-one better embodies the Lotus F1 Team spirit. His understanding of the sport as a whole is impressive."
Lopez added that he is "confident of a very positive future for all" involved heading into the 2014 season.