Lotus has been through the mill over the past twelve months due to great financial uncertainty, but team owner Gerard Lopez confirmed in an interview with AMUS last week that everything was in place for the team to race in 2014. Nevertheless, as part of an effort to bring in some fresh sponsorship, Saxo Bank has joined up with the Enstone-based outfit.
The Danish corporation confirmed the news via its Twitter account, simply stating: “Welcome Lotus F1 Team to the Saxo family!” and sending out a picture of a Lotus car being unveiled.
As part of the deal, Marco Sørenson is set to be confirmed as the team’s new reserve driver, replacing the outgoing Davide Valsecchi who made his distaste public when he was overlooked as a replacement for the injured Kimi Raikkonen at the end of last season.
Valsecchi, who won the GP2 title in 2012, spent much of last year on the sidelines as Lotus’ reserve driver, but he was snubbed in favour of Finnish driver Heikki Kovalainen when Raikkonen opted to miss the final two races of the year in order to undergo back surgery. Reports suggest that Valsecchi is now eyeing up a drive in the US, which in turn frees up a role as the official test driver, with Sørenson set to slot in as a replacement.
Sørenson has spent the last two seasons racing for Lotus in Formula Renault 3.5, claiming three wins.
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