F1: Quesnel weighing up Lotus management offer

F1: Quesnel weighing up Lotus management offer

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F1: Quesnel weighing up Lotus management offer

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Olivier Quesnel, the former Citroen World Rally boss, is weighing up an offer to take on a senior management role at the Lotus Formula 1 team.

In the wake of the departure of team principal Eric Boullier to McLaren, Lotus owner Gerard Lopez was appointed as interim boss. However, the squad has been looking at bolstering its management structure over the longer term and wants to appoint someone to take control of day-to-day operations.

Approaches reportedly were made to a number of senior F1 figures in recent weeks, including Martin Whitmarsh and Ross Brawn, about a team principal role. But no candidate expressed a firm interest. However, Quesnel is still weighing up the opportunity, which could result in him moving away from his current role as part of the management at sports car team OAK Racing.

Quesnel was also Peugeot’s sports car boss until the French manufacturer ended its LMP1 program. If he accepts the role, it is unclear if he would become team principal or take on another senior role like sporting or racing director. One of Quesnel’s main reservations is his age: “I can say honestly, I am 64 years old,” Quesnel said. “I know a lot of people and some friends are telling me: ‘You should do that, do that…’ But it’s not actually the way. It’s true though that I know Gerard Lopez…”

When asked if he was actually interested in working in F1, Quesnel said: “It’s a good question. I am working at OAK Racing.”

Quesnel also revealed that he had been offered the team principal role previously by Lopez when he was still working in rallying, but declined.

“He offered me a job four years ago and I stayed at Peugeot-Citroen,” he explained.

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