Date: 25th November 2013 at 10:26am
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The curtain may have fallen on the 2013 Formula One season, but the stage is far from set for 2014.

The Formula One driver market has never been so fluid, with Nico Hulkenberg, Pastor Maldonado and Sergio Perez all linked with various moves to Lotus, Sauber and Force India.

The much talked about deal between Quantum Motorsport and Lotus holds the key to the rest of the driver market.

Quantum Motorsports who are a consortium of business types from the United States of America, Abu Dhabi and Brunei are in the midst of finalising a deal which has been agreed with Lotus owners Genii Capital.

Following the United States Grand Prix head of Quantum Mansoor Ijaz said that the deal to purchase 35% of the Lotus team should be completed within the next few days, over a week later and Lotus are still waiting.

The deal if concluded should ease Lotus ongoing financial fears, with an immediate cash input for the team and impending major sponsorship agreements.

It should also mean that Lotus can capitalise on the availability of Sauber’s Nico Hulkenberg.

The German driver, is one of the highest rated drivers on the grid and after narrowly missing out on a drive at Ferrari for next season he has been in talks with Lotus for a number of months.

But his signing is completely dependent on Quantum completing the deal with Lotus and having all the money transferred over to the team.

But can Hulkenberg wait any longer for Lotus if the deal is still not completed?

The German also has offers on the table from current team Sauber and former team Force India, will they hold out indefinitely while Hulkenberg waits for a deal at Lotus which might or might not happen?

According to reports in Germany, Hulkenberg has decided against taking that risk and has signed a contract with Force India for 2014.

Auto Motor und Sport have reported according to Sky Sports that they have signed a ‘2014 plus options’ deal, which seems to suggest that the 26-year-old will have an exit clause if deals at the likes of Ferrari were ever to materialise for 2015.

 

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