Lotus have announced that they won't make a decision about their driver line-up for 2014 until they have secured their financial future.
The team's powers that be are determined to not only find the right driver to replace the departing Kimi Raikkonen but also to find investors that will help the squad in the longer term.
Nico Hulkenberg is reportedly in the driving seat to team up with Romain Grosjean next year, but Felipe Massa is also a candidate for 2014 following confirmation that he is on his way out at Ferrari.
Whichever way they go, team principal Eric Boullier says their first priority is to wrap up a deal with new investors Infinity Racing.
"I want to finish what we wanted to show to Kimi, but we could not get done in time," Boullier told Autosport.
"I want to close this, because it is important for the team. It will give it the financial stability for more than five years and it will give us also two steps forward in terms of revenue, which is what we need after the last two years that were up and down
"After that, we can then think about the drivers for next year - but also for 2015, 2016, and 2017.
"So do we look for a youngster who can stay with us three years, or do we gamble on one year and see what is available on the market after that?"
One thing is certain, they won't be influenced by money from drivers.
"I want to close the financial situation to make sure that we pick the driver on merit," he said.
"And then, if we are an attractive team with an attractive combination of drivers and we can get some sponsors, fine. But that is not the priority."