Boullier, however, is pushing on as he said: "I am very hopeful within a week I can have answers to the reassurances he is asking for.
"From that point on we can move very fast when it comes to talking about next year and trying to find a successful solution.
"It would be nice to close it by Singapore. That is realistic. It should be realistic."
Would this be the deal he said would be done within a week, back in Hungary ?
"But now Kimi is in a position where he is being chased by most of the paddock and he will decide.
"He knows what he gets with us, but he doesn't know what he will get if he changes teams."
I have really mixed feelings about Lotus, I just wish they were a lot more stable in their finances, it would tick a lot of boxes.