The financial impact of the new Formula 1 is still showing signs of lingering impact as Lotus F1 has been locked out of their garage area in Brazil due to what appears to be some “commercial arrangement” according to the delightful Mr. Noble at Motorsport.com.
The team says they are confident it will be resolved and that they will be ready come Friday’s practice session. No mystery here that the team have struggled financially all season long with a current Q&A over at F1.com with CEO Mathew Carter saying he felt confident the Renault buyout would happen and that the team would move forward.
Speaking of buyouts, it has been all about the Tavo in recent weeks as the former COTA and USGP dreamer/instigator and current Mexican GP hero is now focused on possibly buying the Manor GP team. This would be the same team that recently secured a Mercedes power unit supply deal for 2016 and then promptly lost its executive, John Booth and Graeme Lowden, along with technical guru Bob Bell.
According to AUTOSPORT, the buyout would need to happen before January or February or Tavo will lose interest.
“It would never be our goal to compete with the manufacturer teams,” added Hellmund.
“We’re never going to spend $400 million a year like Mercedes, Red Bull, Ferrari and McLaren, but we think you can run it respectably and not be in the red. I think you can fight for fifth.”
Just to keep things salty, Tavo Hellmund says that he’d like Dale Jr. to drive his car but he admitted that Alexander Rossi might be a good pick too.