Eric Boullier 'to attend McLaren Jerez test'

Lotus Team Principal Eric Boullier walks in the paddock following qualifying for the Korean Formula One Grand Prix at Korea International Circuit on October 5, 2013
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Eric Boullier will join McLaren at the first test of the Formula 1 season in Jerez, according to a report.

Eric Boullier, who has been heavy linked the role of McLaren team principal, will attend the constructor's first test in Jerez, according to a report.

The Frenchman stepped down as boss of Lotus on Friday, with the owner of the Enstone-based outfit, Gerard Lopez, assuming duties on the pit wall.

However, reports that McLaren sources have confirmed Boullier will be in Spain on Friday with the team, while current principal Martin Whitmarsh is believed to be departing.

Meanwhile, Auto Motor und Sport claims that both the Woking-based team and Lotus are competing with each other to secure a major sponsorship deal with a "Japanese technology company", although the publication does not reveal the identity of the organisation in question.

The season-opening Australian Grand Prix takes place on March 16.

Lotus Chairman Gerard Lopez is seen in the paddock during practice for the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix at the Sepang Circuit on March 22, 2013
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