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Lotus Formula 1 team reshuffles management line-up

Lotus logoLotus has boosted its management structure with the appointment of Thomas Mayer as its new chief operating officer.

Mayer will take the position previously held by Patrick Louis, who steps up to the role of chief executive officer.

Both men will work alongside team principal Eric Boullier, who has been in that role since the start of 2010.

Gerard Lopez, who is chairman of the Lotus team, said: "Our fight to return to the front of the grid is a continual process, and we are leaving no stone unturned.

"The contributions that Patrick Louis and Eric Boullier have made so far have been invaluable, and we are now able to better focus their efforts through the addition of Thomas Mayer as chief operating officer.

"Thomas comes to us with over 15 years' professional experience. He has an in-depth knowledge of running large operations incorporating production, logistics and organisational structuring.

"Our efforts are concerted behind our objective to be a contender once more for the 2015-16 championships, to continue the proud heritage of the 1994-95 and 2005-6 world championship titles achieved by Enstone."

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