Grosjean’s not going anywhere this season, I can bet. With Allison gone, Red Bull trying to lure Raikkonen, their financial issues and with 2014 in sight, Lotus have much bigger problems than Grosjean right now.
Plus, these drivers are not there just because of who they are behind the wheel. As someone pointed out, kicking Grosjean from the team would mean the money from Total are gone and I’m sure Renault won’t be too extatic about it either. Lotus won’t risk that, unless Grosjean does something absolutely insane to push Boullier’s patience beyond the limit or Total get fed up with him first, which they won’t.
And even if sacking Grosjean was on the table at Lotus HQ, who could replace him? Valsecchi has spent close to 0 time in an F1 car, during an race weekend, D’Ambrosio and Prost are far too slow to be a replacement for even an erratic Grosjean, Frinjs is too inexperienced to drive an F1 car, Kubica is not fit to drive one, Bottas is under contract with Williams and they won’t be bothered to sell him cheap just now, the whole GP2 field (except for Frinjs and Coletti) is a disaster, Kobayashi, Senna and Glock are gone for good, Petrov would be a pointless decision.
In my view, they have four options, and all are worse than firing Grosjean (at the moment, at least): bring Felipe Nasr in (and by that I mean “bring his brazilian sponsors in”) or call up Kovalainen or someone from the Rebellion endurance squad: Heidfeld (lol!) or Buemi on a short-term contract.
Grosjean’s staying for the whole season. And 2014 it’s Valsecchi or Nasr in that seat. That’s my prediction.