Lotus confirms Grosjean for 2013 season

By Ubaid Parkar, 17 December 2012
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Romain Grosjean netted another year with Lotus after the team confirmed an unchanged line-up for the 2013 season on Monday.

Picked to compete in the 2012 season for the Enstone-based outfit, the Frenchman impressed with some strong performances although his future was in question owing to several first lap incidents, particularly at the Belgian Grand Prix which earned him a one race ban.

However, Lotus recognised the 26-year-old’s talents and opted for continuity along with Kimi Raikkonen.

“It’s fantastic for me to be continuing with Lotus for 2013. It’s superb to have the support of everyone at Enstone,” Grosjean said. “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,” he added.

After participating in 19 of the 20 races this year, Grosjean finished eighth in the standings with 96 points, 111 behind his teammate who was third in the championship.

“There are a lot of exciting developments occurring behind the scenes at Enstone and I am very excited with the prospect of the E21,” he pointed out. “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 registered three podium finishes this season and capped it with winning the Race of Champions in Bangkok on Sunday.


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