Yet another week, in which the hot speculation will surround Kimi Raikkonen
's successor at Lotus
, has begun. It had been thought the Enstone based team was close to announcing the arrival of Nico Hulkenberg
for 2014, because the crucial 'Quantum' investment deal was now on the verge of completion.
"There has been a lot of talk," admitted team boss Eric Boullier, "and there are a lot of positive things happening behind the scenes. "We will certainly be shouting from the rooftops when everything is finalised as we should be exceptionally well placed looking to the future."
German Hulkenberg - who has also been linked with McLaren
, Force India
, or simply staying with Sauber
- also insisted his future is not yet decided. "There is nothing to report," he told German television ZDF, "and nothing is signed." (GMM)