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Gastaldi named Lotus deputy principal

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Lotus has named Federico Gastaldi as its new deputy team principal.

Lotus chairman Lopez took up the role of team principal in the wake of Eric Boullier's departure to McLaren, and has turned for support to Gastaldi, who has been at the team as business development director since 2010, with a relationship with Enstone stretching back to the Benetton days.

Gastaldi begins his position effectively immediately from this weekend's opening grand prix weekend.

"It's a great honour and I'm looking forward to it," said Gastaldi. "The team is an exceptional place to be and the depth of talent is amazing. My approach will be to ensure we get the most out of every aspect of Enstone and harness every talent housed there

"We need to ensure rapid progress with our car for this season. It's no secret that pre-season preparations have not been as smooth as we'd like but we have confidence that we can turn this situation around very quickly. We need to work as closely as possible with Renault to fulfil our potential. We know it is a big challenge, especially because there is so much technology that is new to everyone, but we know the team can deliver good cars and we will do this in 2014 with Renault."

Lopez added: "As a figurehead, no one better embodies the Lotus F1 team spirit. His understanding of the sport as a whole is impressive. Federico will work closely with myself and the rest of the Genii and Enstone family and we're confident of a very positive future for all."

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