Federico Gastaldi has been appointed the new Deputy Team Principal of Lotus F1. He will oversee the racing operations of the team as Gerard Lopez, officially the team principal, will not be doing all the races.
Gastaldi has worked for Lotus F1 Team since 2010 when he joined as Director of Business Development. Federico has done many different jobs in the sport, dating back to his introduction to F1 in the days of Benetton. He went on to become the promoter of the Argentine Grand Prix in the early 1990s.
“Federico Gastaldi has been a valued friend of the Genii and Enstone families for quite some time,” said Gerard Lopez. “His Enstone history dates back to the Benetton days. He also works with Genii on a number of projects in South America. For Lotus F1 Team, Federico was instrumental in nurturing our relationship with PDVSA and he continues to be a vital link for us with Venezuela. In the paddock, Federico’s contact base is exceptional. As a figurehead, no-one better embodies the Lotus F1 Team spirit. His understanding of the sport as a whole is impressive.”