Nico Hulkenberg has been given a boost to his chances of earning a drive with Lotus for the 2014 F1 season after the team insisted that weight wouldn't be an issue when it comes to completing its driver line-up.
The German is one of the heaviest drivers on the grid going into a season where changes in regulations are set to work in favour of the lighter racers on the grid – with struggles to meet the new weight limits in place believed to have ruled Hulkenberg out of the running for a drive with McLaren.
Hulkenberg's issue has arisen because of the fact that, despite the minimum weight limits being increased next year, the new 1.6 litre turbo-powered engines being introduced into the sport are proving to be heavier that expected.
As such, teams are now having to look at ways to keep the weight of their cars down, but Lotus boss Eric Boullier insisted that weight wouldn't be a deciding factor in who replaces Ferrari-bound Kimi Raikkonen
“We're more interested in the talent and potential of a driver rather than the difference of a few kilos,” he said.
“We have confidence in our development team to be able to produce a car for the 2014 regulations which should be competitive in the hands of any driver we consider for next year.”