Lotus confirm Romain Grosjean for 2013
By Berthold Bouman
Romain Grosjean has something else to celebrate after winning on Sunday the title Champion of Champions during the annual Race Of Champions (ROC) in Bangkok, as Lotus today announced they have retained the services of the young Frenchman for 2013.
Grosjean will race alongside his 2012 team mate Kimi Raikkonen who recently also signed for another year with Lotus. Team Principal Eric Boullier said, “Romain is a great talent and we are pleased that he is continuing with us for a second season. With the continuity of two exceptional drivers like Romain and Kimi we are well placed to build on our strong 2012 with even better results in the year ahead.”
Boullier of course hopes for an even stronger season next year and added, “Both drivers worked very well together in their first year as team mates, and I think there is the potential of even better things from the season ahead. We were regular visitors to podiums in 2012 and we certainly intend to continue with this trend in 2013.”
Lotus decided to keep the Frenchman, who has been under fire due to his first lap crashes this season, but Grosjean has recently shown that he’s a very fast driver and a winner, who took eighth place in the 2012 Drivers’ Championhip and scored two podium places in his first full Formula One season.
Romain Grosjean to stay another year with Lotus
“It’s fantastic for me to be continuing with Lotus F1 Team for 2013. It’s superb to have the support of everyone at Enstone. I’m really looking forward to rewarding their faith when we take to the track in Australia,” said Grosjean.
About the problems he had this season he said, “I learnt a lot in my first full season in Formula One and my aim is to put these lessons into practice with stronger and more consistent performance on track next year.”
He’s also confident Lotus will again have a fast car in 2013, “There are a lot of exciting developments occurring behind the scenes at Enstone and I am very excited with the prospect of the E21. I’ve already had my seat fitting and spoken with all the personnel involved with the build of the new car; I just can’t wait to get behind the wheel.”
Listen to what Grosjean has to say about his new Lotus contract below