Lotus Formula 1 team slashed £56million from debts in 2014

The Lotus Formula 1 team has managed to wipe just over £56million from its debts for 2014, Autosport can reveal

Lotus Formula 1 team slashed £56million from debts in 2014

Following a protracted period of negotiations and due diligence regarding Renault's takeover - with principal contracts finally signed last week - the Enstone-based marque is finally due to submit its 2014 accounts to Companies House this week.

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In 2013, Lotus made a frightening loss of £64.914million, casting severe doubt at the time on the team's future in F1.

It resulted in the appointment of current CEO Matthew Carter, who implemented a wide range of swingeing cost cuts, including making numerous staff redundant.

Carter conceded earlier this season he "probably went too far last year, cut a few too many heads", but his actions have resulted in what are now far more healthy financial figures for 2014.

With the accounts signed off on Wednesday, it shows Lotus recorded a loss for the year of £8.553m, a saving of £56.361m compared to 2013.

A figure of €5m (£3.6m) of the 2014 debt is compensation paid to Renault for bringing to an early end the team's engine deal with the French manufacturer, as it opted to go with Mercedes for '15.

A further £1.8m was paid out in redundancy costs at the beginning of 2014 following Carter's arrival.

Overall, it means the team's loss in operating terms is just over £3m, which represents a remarkable turnaround given the situation at the end of 2013.

The early indication for this year is the figures will be of a similar level to 2014 for while development was lacking on the car, Lotus did lose sponsors.

It is anticipated, however, the numbers will again be delayed as the Renault deal means the auditors and accountants are facing a backlog.

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