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Lotus to drop 'tusk nose' for 2015; Lopez hits back at Genii financial reports

New FIA Regulations will surely put and end to the 'anteater noses'. Lotus Principal dismisses Genii's problems.
Monday, August 18, 2014

August 18, 2014 (GMM).- Lotus will drop its unique 'tusked' nose solution for the 2015 season.

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Although the Enstone team has struggled this year, technical director Nick Chester insists the innovative nose is a "pretty good solution" that will stay on the current car for the rest of the season.

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But with the FIA changing the regulations to end the unseemly 'anteater'-style noses elsewhere on the grid, Lotus will also have to make changes for 2015.

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"No. The way the nose structure rules are written, it would be very hard to do," Chester told F1's official website when asked if Lotus will stick with its double-pronged solution next year.

"It is actually easier to design a more conventional low nose, so going that route it's easier to pass the crash test," he added.

Chester admitted, however, that Lotus might run an early iteration of a more conventional nose later this season during a Friday practice session.

But in the actual races, the forked nose is staying put for now.

"There's not really a benefit (to changing it in 2014)," Chester said, "because all the work we have done in the tunnel says we would lose downforce by doing it."

Lopez hits back at Genii financial reports

Gerard Lopez has lashed back at reports suggesting Lotus team owner Genii is in dire financial health.

The Luxembourg newspaper Tageblatt reported recently that Genii, headed by Lopez and his business partner Eric Lux, is recording ever-growing losses and debts.

Britain's Independent newspaper said Lopez, although based in Luxembourg, flew in his private jet to Genii's London headquarters to "put the record straight".

"It's absurd to say that Genii has financial problems," he insisted. "Yes, Lotus has lost money, like every other F1 team in the world."

Lopez said the Enstone based team cost Genii "about EUR 50 million" last year and debt is currently about 100 million, but "the rest of Genii is profitable".

"We support Lotus with debt, not sponsorship like the other big teams," he explained. "People are trying to compare apples with pears when it should be apples and apples."

The newspaper also said Lotus' accounts for 2013 will show improved figures.

"What's amusing to us," Lopez continued, "is that Lotus - the David against the Goliaths - is always in the public eye more than the big teams like Red Bull and Ferrari.

"But F1 is a bitchy world and smear campaigns between rival teams are commonplace."

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