The extent of Lotus' financial concerns was laid bare once again when a late payment to the Suzuka race circuit meant it couldn't set up its hospitality unit until Thursday afternoon and freight – including engines – was delayed.
The team competed in Singapore without a number of items involved with running its hospitality unit, but a late payment – which the team says was down to its processing in different time zones – left the team waiting to get the go ahead and set up in Japan.
Furthermore, the freight containing its engines was also held up as the payments were processed, but the cars are at the circuit and the team insists there is no concern about the drivers getting out for FP1 tomorrow.
Even so, the issues serve as another public reminder of the difficulties the team faces financially and the reliance it seemingly has on its much discussed – but much delayed - deal with Renault going through for the future.
Despite this, the drivers made relative light of the situation – despite being forced to conduct their media engagements outside under umbrellas in the rain -, with Romain Grosjean praising the camaraderie of the other teams for supplying food in the meantime and the spirit of the Lotus team huddled in the garage.
“We've got all the parts, everything is ready,” he said. “We had a little bit of a pizza party at lunch but the guys are going to do their best as always. They are here, we are here to race. I have always said since day one that the group of people working at Enstone is unbelievable and again that's the proof.”
“It's quite good actually when you see the hospitality you get in the paddock when you are running out of food and teams are opening their doors. It's quite nice, we had lunch somewhere different from usual but hopefully it should all be sorted. The most important is we have what we need to race.”
It comes as Lotus faces the possibility of slipping into administration on Monday 28th September when it goes back to court to face British tax authorities over missed payments. Last week's case was given a final adjournment after Lotus said it could affect its chances of securing its deal with Renault.
Despite this, Lotus went ahead and confirmed its first driver for 2016 last week, with Pastor Maldonado staying on for a third season with the team.