Gerard Lopez replaces Eric Boullier as Lotus F1 team prinicpal

Lopez becomes Lotus team principal
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Lotus F1 announce that Gerard Lopez will replace Eric Boullier as team principal.

Lotus F1 have announced that co-chairman Gerard Lopez has become the outfit's new team principal, replacing Eric Boullier.

The Formula 1 team have confirmed that Boullier has left his position amid reports that he is to join McLaren for the 2014 campaign.

Lopez said: "Lotus F1 Team has never stood still and we head into what promises to be an exciting 2014 season with an innovative new car, new partners and a new management structure at Enstone. Great things have been achieved over the past years and we need to continue this momentum.

"With this in mind, we are proud to announce that we have concluded an agreement with YotaPhone and its shareholders. YotaPhone shareholders will become important partners to Genii and YotaPhone a sponsor to the Lotus F1 team this year. We thank Eric for all his hard work over the past four years and we are confident we can continue to fight as one of the top teams in Formula 1 over the seasons ahead."

Pastor Maldonado and Romain Grosjean will drive for Lotus for the upcoming season following the departure of Kimi Raikkonen.

William's Venezuelan driver Pastor Maldonado sits in the pits during the first practice session at the Autodromo Nazionale circuit in Monza on September 6, 2013
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