Grosjean hopes to become Raikkonen’s teammate

By on Monday, December 5, 2011

Romain Grosjean

Prior to the announcement of Kimi Raikkonen as one of the Lotus Renault GP drivers for 2012, Romain Grosjean was considered to be on pole position for one of the seats at the Enstone team. In an interview with German website and British magazine Autosport, the GP2 champion sounds confident that he still has a chance at getting the drive, even if, according to several reports, the list of candidates is long and includes the current drivers, Vitaly Petrov and Bruno Senna, as well as the experienced driver Adrian Sutil.

“I think I’m still on the list. I’m hoping for sure to get the seat,” said Grosjean.

The prospect of becoming the teammate of a world champion like Raikkonen means an additional motivational boost for the 25-year-old driver.

“I dream about F1 and I really would like to come back, and I think especially with Kimi it could be something quite special for my career and for my experience,” he said. “I’m still waiting. I think I did everything I could when I had the car in my hands and now I’ll try to work it out and find a solution.”

The announcement of Raikkonen signing with Lotus Renault GP came out as a big surprise for many in the paddock and Grosjean admits he is also one of them.

“I think for the team, in terms of marketing and media it was a very good announcement. Nobody was expecting it, which was really cool. That was the case for everybody, myself as well. They told me just a little bit before, but yeah I was surprised. But I knew for the team it was something interesting and something good for the future,” Grosjean said.

When asked what he thought about his chances of driving F1 next season, Grosjean acknowledges, it depends on how he is feeling at the moment.

“Do you want me to be optimistic or realistic? It changes every morning – it depends on my mood… This morning I was in quite a good mood, but it’s difficult to say. If you don’t believe in it, you don’t try. So far I believe in it,” he said.

As a matter of fact, Grosjean’s mood seems to be very changeable as Marussia driver Timo Glock revealed to German TV station Sat1 during the Race of Champions. According to Glock, he had been chatting on Saturday evening with Grosjean about his future and noticed that the French driver did not sound too confident that he would get the seat at Lotus Renault GP.

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