Lotus has been touted as a possible destination for Lewis Hamilton, as the F1 silly season chugs on.
Hamilton's current deal with McLaren expires at the end of this season, and while he has also been linked to Ferrari and Mercedes, as well as Red Bull Racing - prior to Tuesday's confirmation that Mark Webber will stay on alongside Sebastian Vettel - Lotus has not been mentioned until now.
"Lewis Hamilton is ready to discuss a move to Lotus..." British newspaper, The Daily Mail
claimed this week. "...Sportsmail understands that the 2008 world champion would consider a move to Lotus now that they have returned to form which propelled Fernando Alonso to two world titles in their former guise as Renault.
"Lotus currently employ 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean and moving out big earner Raikkonen halfway through a two-year deal would represent an issue - as would coming close to matching Hamilton's £15million-a-year contract which expires at the end of the season.
"But there is no guarantee that McLaren are prepared to match those terms after group executive chairman Ron Dennis stated Hamilton's deal was agreed when the economic climate was very different."
Hamilton himself meanwhile recently admitted that it would be tough to leave McLaren [see separate story - HERE
], while McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh has insisted that the teams current difficulties are unlikely to have any bearing on the what the 27-year-old ultimately decides to do at the end of the 2012 F1 season [see separate story - HERE