Lotus hopes to retain Grosjean

By on Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Lotus F1 Team

Lotus F1 Team

Lotus deputy team principal Federico Gastaldi says he hopes current driver Romain Grosjean will remain with the team in 2015.

Grosjean has been affiliated with the Enstone-based team for several years, having acted as Renault's test and reserve driver in 2008, before he stepped up to a race seat towards the end of 2009.

He departed the set-up before winning the GP2 title and earning a return to the squad, re-branded as Lotus, for the 2012 season. He has since claimed nine podium finishes.

Lotus confirmed last week that Pastor Maldonado will stay on for 2015 and Gastaldi is now hopeful that Grosjean will seek to prolong his time with the outfit.

"Romain has been part of the Lotus family for many years, even since his GP2 days," he said.

"Let’s be honest - Romain as a top, top driver is not happy with the 2014 season and this is mirrored by everyone at the team of course.

"We cannot confirm anything just yet as the timing will be right when we are both comfortable to announce something. All I can say is that it’s certainly the intention for Romain to stay at Enstone and continue what has been a great partnership and working relationship."

Gastaldi has presided over a difficult period for Lotus, with the team having collected just eight points in 2014, compared to 183 at this stage last year.

He believes that while Lotus must learn its lessons ahead of the 2015 season, it cannot afford to give up on the current campaign.

"We have to take the lessons from this tough season and apply them to make sure it doesn’t happen again," he said.

"But we are only 50% of the way through 2014 now, so we are still highly committed to improving our World Championship position and to start scoring more points. We know that we have two very accomplished drivers that are always capable of scoring points, but we need to provide them with cars that can achieve that.

"Yes, the plans for next year are in motion and the technical teams are busy on that programme, but for the team it is important to make sure we score more points so we will be chasing everyone all the way until Abu Dhabi in November."


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