Lotus seeking solution to avoid impound threat
The Lotus Formula 1 team is working on a resolution to avoid a threat of bailiff action as a result of a legal dispute with former reserve driver Charles Pic.
Pic has taken the Enstone team to court amid claims the outfit reneged on a deal agreed regarding the number of outings behind the wheel last season.
The 25-year-old Frenchman has since left the team after taking up a reserve driver role last year.
Discussions between lawyers representing both parties are underway to find a resolution with the team facing a possible threat of bailiffs impounding its cars during the Belgian Grand Prix weekend at Spa-Francorchamps.
Lotus boss Gerard Lopez believes a solution will be sought, avoiding any further disruption to the squad’s weekend.
“We are having our legal department look at it. This will be solved, and solved in a manner that is adequate,” Lopez told Autosport.
“We know there is a difference in the number of the days (Pic should have driven), but I know we’ll find an amicable solution, and the show goes on.
“I think the cars will leave as planned. I don’t envisage there being an issue. I know there will be a resolution.”
Meanwhile, stewards have issued Daniil Kvyat with his second reprimand of the season and fined Red Bull €10,000 for an unsafe release during the second practice session on Friday.
Sister team Toro Rosso has been forced change Max Verstappen’s engine which will see the Dutch teenager hit with a 10 place grid penalty.