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SBD Global/November 7, 2012/Franchises

Lotus Team Principal Feels Abu Dhabi Win Should Help Team's Financial Future

F1 Lotus Team Principal Eric Boullier feels Sunday's first win should help the team's "financial future," according to Ian Parkes of the London INDEPENDENT. There have been suggestions that late Owner Genii Capital, run by Gerard Lopez, "can no longer afford to keep the team afloat" and is looking to sell its stake. Boullier claims those are simply "rumours." But if the team did need a "shot in the arm" to prove its worth to potential investors, then it arrived at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi with Kimi Räikkönen's win. It was the team's first "taste of success" since Fernando Alonso triumphed in the '08 Japanese Grand Prix. Boullier said, "We have now shown the world we are serious, that we can deliver, and so it should help with any commercial discussions" (INDEPENDENT, 11/6).
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