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Lotus may have lost Eric Boullier, but hasn’t lost its touch for Twitter zingers

Jan 25, 2014, 1:35 PM EDT

Photo: Lotus F1 Team Photo: Lotus F1 Team

Yesterday was a strange day in Enstone, as Lotus revealed the first images of their new E22 machine for the 2014 Formula One season but also announced the exodus of former team principal Eric Boullier.

Multiple reports now have the Frenchman as the man in line for the same role at McLaren, where he would replace Martin Whitmarsh as part of expected changes to the team from new/old CEO Ron Dennis.

Boullier’s departure didn’t seem to sit too well with Lotus, who tweeted the E22 photo around the same time yesterday as the start of McLaren’s online launch for the MP4-29.

Then, they proceeded to apparently drop a hint about Boullier’s potential next job. And seeing that this is Lotus we’re talking about, they weren’t very subtle about it:

Hmm, which current Formula One team has shown to have a particular fondness for grey on their cars? Note: You don’t get a prize if you know which one.

Say what you want about Lotus and their social media tactics. But you can’t argue that Formula One is a lot less dull with them around.

  1. testover6370 - Jan 25, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    Well seeing as both McLaren and Lotus are in a very fast race to the bottom, I think he’s screwed either way.

  2. patellis15 - Jan 25, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    Lotus have lost so many people, Eric timed this just right. I’d love to see him at McLaren. Though they had a down year, I expect significant improvement from them this year, and then they restart their relationship with Honda next year. If Boullier is heading to McLaren, his timing is just about perfect.

  3. manik56 - Jan 27, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    Lotus seems to be getting run into the ground. McLaren will be back. Bad move letting Lewis walk.

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