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Boullier (left) is confident Quantum deal will be wrapped up
Lotus' future has been up in the air for what seems like an eternity now.
The long-rumoured investment from Quantum remains unconfirmed and that is delaying the team's driver choice.
Nico Hulkenberg is favourite if the deal comes off, PDVSA-backed Pastor Maldonado if it doesn't.
Of course, Sergio Perez is also in the frame, especially as McLaren appears to be touting his talent to other teams, Lotus included.
However, using Sky Sports F1 as his forum, Quantum frontman Mansoor Ijaz says the deal will be completed imminently.
We're still very much going to join them. We have done, as I have said before, from our part, what we need to make sure that the assets in our portfolio were released. We live in a world where the banking compliance frameworks and the way in which international transfers work are quite complicated. We're not talking about moving small sums of money from one place to the other. Any time you have Middle East investors involved in a transaction where the monies are coming directly from the Middle East not outside already the complications can be quite significant and the compliance process can take some time, but we're very close to the end now, I'm pretty sure that we'll get it done this week.
Lotus team principal Eric Boullier added: "I'm confident it's going to go through. Mansoor has been working hard and everything that has been done in the last months or so we have had no reason to doubt about it. It is just a question of timing."