Lotus trackside operations director Alan Permane believes that Romain Grosjean has been getting ‘better and better’ through the 2013 season.
Grosjean had a low key start to 2013 after some controversial moments in 2012, but finished on the podium in Germany and qualified in third place in Singapore.
“I think Romain himself has made – I wouldn’t call it a breakthrough – but since the Nurburgring, Hungary, he’s just been getting better and better and better,” said Permane.
While Grosjean ended up retiring in Singapore, Permane nonetheless feels that the Frenchman has made good progress.
“When it counted he had a difficult Friday [in Singapore], he had a few car problems and didn’t run a great deal, but he had an excellent Saturday. We knew we had the potential to do well and he delivered, and I think for his head that will be very, very important. He’ll know that he can do it.”
Grosjean is expected to be retained by Lotus into 2014 and with Kimi Raikkonen moving to Ferrari, Permane reckons Grosjean can lead the team into Formula 1′s new V6 era.
“I don’t see why not, honestly. It obviously depends who we get as his team-mate; if it’s a strong character or who it is, but I don’t see why not. Now is his chance and he looks to be taking it, which is really good to see.”