Gastaldi hints at more sponsorship deals for Lotus

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Federico Gastaldi has hinted that Lotus could be set to announce some more sponsorship deals in the near future after joining forces with Pharrell Williams (pictured) at the Monaco Grand Prix.

After encountering financial difficulties back in 2013, Lotus has been looking for new sponsors for some time to try and take the team further up the grid.

As part of a new partnership between Williams, a famous recording artist, and Lotus, the team ran with logos for his brands and his new film, DOPE, in Monaco last weekend.

However, speaking ahead of next weekend’s race in Canada, deputy team principal Gastaldi hinted that some more deals were on the horizon, with an announcement even possible in Montreal.

“We are working on some exciting deals with Pharrell and with other partners too,” Gastaldi said.

“Montreal, like Monaco, is one of the most popular races of the year, it’s a good place to make any announcements so watch this space.”

Gastaldi also spoke about Pharrell Williams’ appearance in the Lotus garage at the Monaco Grand Prix, and is looking forward to welcoming the American to more races later in the year.

“Pharrell gave a lot of time to see the team and even sat in Pastor’s car to see what an F1 car feels like,” Gastaldi said.

“He’s a tremendously talented individual and having seen how he can turn himself to so many different fields of endeavour, I’m sure he would be a very handy racing driver too!

“He is a huge enthusiast of Formula 1 and came to us straight from Cannes by speedboat. He was very nice and very friendly with all of us and we’re looking forward to working with him on a number of exciting initiatives and seeing him at some other races this season.”