Grosjean to remain at Lotus in 2013

2013 F1 season

Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Circuit of the Americas, 2012Romain Grosjean will continue to drive for Lotus in 2013, the team has confirmed.

Team principal Eric Bopullier 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 [Raikkonen] we are well placed to build on our strong 2012 with even better results in the year ahead.

“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.”

Grosjean finished on the podium three times during 2012 but also drew criticism following a series of collisions on the opening laps of races. He was banned for one race after crashing into several drivers at the start of the Belgian Grand Prix.

He said it was “fantastic” to be continuing with the team next year: “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. I learnt a lot in my first full season in Formula 1 and my aim is to put these lessons into practice with stronger and more consistent performance on track next year.

“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.”

Grosjean, who won the Race of Champions in Thailand yesterday, added: “My target is to do better, always better, and to score as many points as possible for the team. Do the best race for me and work properly all year long to improve gradually.

“Hopefully we will get a good car again to start of the season with. Then go through all the first lap and then just do what we can do and have some very good results.”

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55 comments on Grosjean to remain at Lotus in 2013

  1. DaveF1 (@davef1) said on 17th December 2012, 21:09

    Well atleast casual viewers have the spectacular first lap crashes to look forward to next season.

  2. verstappen (@verstappen) said on 17th December 2012, 22:24

    Total-ly unexpected :-)

  3. Ben (@scuderia29) said on 18th December 2012, 0:14

    Kobayashi doesnt get a drive in 2013 but grosjean does? theres no doubt Grosjean has speed but he doesnt have the composure

  4. StefMeister (@stefmeister) said on 18th December 2012, 0:15

    I think keeping Grosjean was probably the right call, However if he continues to make stupid mistakes when around other cars I would not be surprised to see him replaced.

    The worry for me is that he’s been driving the same way & Making the same silly errors for as long as i’ve been watching him race (Since Euro F3 in 2006) & he’s shown little sign of changing/improving in that time. He’s clearly got a ton of speed but if he can’t learn from his mistakes & show improvement then he may not be in F1 for long which given his potential would be a shame.

  5. bebilou (@bebilou) said on 18th December 2012, 13:28

    Even though I’m french, I’m really disappointed to see that Grosjean will again drive for Lotus in 2013. Kamui Kobayashi would have been a much better choice.
    Grosjean is quick, but he is as immature as he was in 2009. The last 2012 races showed absolutely nothing that could mean that he will do better in 2013.
    He doesn’t need more experience, he already had a whole year (plus some races in 2009) to gain some. He needs lucidity and clairvoyance. He needs some neurones in his brain.

    To see Grosjean in the Lotus and Kobayashi nowhere makes me really sad…

    PS: sorry for my english, I keep trying :-)

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