Lotus cleared to run after tyre wait

Lotus has been given the green light to run in opening practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix despite only getting hold of its tyre allocation less than an hour before the session.

The Enstone-based team had been locked in talks with Pirelli since Thursday to secure an agreement, after Pirelli refused to release its tyres until the latest payment has been sorted.

Lotus deputy team principal Federico Gastaldi explained that the situation had been caused by banking system complications involving a money transfer, with the issues only getting resolved 50 minutes before practice began.

The  Argentinian was spotted helping out Lotus mechanics in retrieving the tyres from Pirelli's compound at the bottom of the paddock as they got things sorted for the cars to run.

He told Motorsport.com: "Everything is okay thank god. We will be running in free practice, no problem."

Pirelli motorsport boss Paul Hembery added: "They will be in P1. Everything's fine."

The tyre situation comes against the backdrop of ongoing concerns about cost issues in F1, with a number of teams chasing budget reductions or a change to F1's revenue distribution system.

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Series Formula 1
Event Hungarian GP
Track Hungaroring
Teams Lotus F1 Team
Article type Breaking news
Tags pirelli