Olivier Quesnel, the former Citroen and Peugeot world rally boss, has leapt into pole position to become Lotus' new team boss.
Following Eric Boullier's switch to McLaren, the great British team's chief Martin Whitmarsh was most strongly linked with the top job at Enstone.
But media reports suggest Briton Whitmarsh's candidature was in fact strongly tied to talks with a major potential sponsor, believed to be Sony.
It appears those talks may have stalled, denting Whitmarsh's chances and, according to France's L'Equipe as well as RMC, triggering strong rumours Frenchman Quesnel, 64, is now Lotus team owner and acting team boss Gerard Lopez's top choice.
RMC said Lopez confirmed Quesnel's...
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