Lotus eyes 'tasty drivers' as Romain Grosjean moves to Haas F1

Lotus is eyeing up "quite a few tasty drivers" as it seeks a replacement for Romain Grosjean following confirmation of his move this week to Formula 1 newcomer Haas

Lotus eyes 'tasty drivers' as Romain Grosjean moves to Haas F1

Grosjean's departure after four years as a Lotus driver means the team - due to be taken over by Renault in the coming weeks - has one seat available as Pastor Maldonado has already been confirmed for next year.

IAN PARKES: Has Grosjean committed career suicide?

Reserve Jolyon Palmer, Jean-Eric Vergne and Kevin Magnussen are just a few of the names who have been linked with the vacancy.

Assessing the situation, deputy team principal Federico Gastaldi said: "We know we can now publicly say 'bonne chance' to Romain who is headed to pastures new next year.

"He's been a real asset to us over the years, so we'll certainly miss him.

"We know we have Pastor confirmed for one seat, and we know there are quite a few tasty drivers available out there.

"We're doing everything to ensure we've got a desirable race seat, which needs to be filled.

"What happens next is there'll be a number of discussions in a number of places, then at some point we'll have an announcement to make."

Grosjean, who was unveiled by Haas on Tuesday on a multi-year contract that could lead to a Ferrari drive as early as 2017 given the American team's links to the Scuderia, is keeping the door open for a return to Enstone.

"I have to say the people at Enstone are the strongest group of people ever to keep pushing no matter what the circumstances. I had to think long and hard for the next step of my career," revealed the 29-year-old Frenchman.

"Part of my heart will absolutely always be with Enstone where I've grown and experienced so much over the years.

"I can remember turning up in September 2005 at the front gate, not speaking English and being very shy. Some of the people I met that day are still there.

"I'm turning a new leaf in my book, but it doesn't mean it's the end of the book, so why not come back to Enstone one day to become world champion with the team.

"Leaving Enstone at the end of the season won't be easy. I promised everyone some beers in December when I come to say goodbye to the factory.

"Until then we've five races left yet this season and I'm absolutely determined to end my time with the greatest high possible."

shares
comments
Nico Hulkenberg: Too much practice in Formula 1 grand prix weekends
Previous article

Nico Hulkenberg: Too much practice in Formula 1 grand prix weekends

Next article

Mercedes F1 team posts £76.9million loss for 2014 season

Mercedes F1 team posts £76.9million loss for 2014 season
The crucial tech changes F1 teams must adapt to in 2023 Plus

The crucial tech changes F1 teams must adapt to in 2023

Changes to the regulations for season two of Formula 1's ground-effects era aim to smooth out last year’s troubles and shut down loopholes. But what areas have been targeted, and what impact will this have?

Are these the 50 quickest drivers in F1 history? Plus

Are these the 50 quickest drivers in F1 history?

Who are the quickest drivers in Formula 1 history? LUKE SMITH asked a jury of experienced and international panel of experts and F1 insiders. Some of them have worked closely with F1’s fastest-ever drivers – so who better to vote on our all-time top 50? We’re talking all-out speed here rather than size of trophy cabinet, so the results may surprise you…

Formula 1
Jan 25, 2023
One easy way the FIA could instantly improve F1 Plus

One easy way the FIA could instantly improve F1

OPINION: During what is traditionally a very quiet time of year in the Formula 1 news cycle, FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem has been generating headlines. He’s been commenting on massive topics in a championship that loves them, but also addressing necessary smaller changes too. Here we suggest a further refinement that would be a big boon to fans

Formula 1
Jan 24, 2023
How can McLaren keep hold of Norris? Plus

How can McLaren keep hold of Norris?

Lando Norris is no longer the young cheeky-chappy at McLaren; he’s now the established ace. And F1's big guns will come calling if the team can’t give him a competitive car. Here's what the team needs to do to retain its prize asset

Formula 1
Jan 24, 2023
What difference did F1's fastest pitstops of 2022 make? Plus

What difference did F1's fastest pitstops of 2022 make?

While a quick pitstop can make all the difference to the outcome of a Formula 1 race, most team managers say consistency is more important than pure speed. MATT KEW analyses the fastest pitstops from last season to see which ones – if any – made a genuine impact

Formula 1
Jan 23, 2023
When F1 ‘holiday’ races kept drivers busy through the winter Plus

When F1 ‘holiday’ races kept drivers busy through the winter

Modern Formula 1 fans have grown accustomed to a lull in racing during winter in the northern hemisphere. But, as MAURICE HAMILTON explains, there was a time when teams headed south of the equator rather than bunkering down in the factory. And why not? There was fun to be had, money to be made and reputations to forge…

Formula 1
Jan 20, 2023
What Porsche social media frenzy says about F1’s manufacturer allure Plus

What Porsche social media frenzy says about F1’s manufacturer allure

Porsche whipped up a frenzy thanks to a cryptic social media post last week and, although it turned out to be a false alarm, it also highlighted why manufacturers remain such an important element in terms of the attraction that they bring to F1. It is little wonder that several other manufacturers are bidding for a slice of the action

Formula 1
Jan 19, 2023
Why the new Williams boss shouldn’t avoid ‘Mercedes B-team’ comparisons Plus

Why the new Williams boss shouldn’t avoid ‘Mercedes B-team’ comparisons

OPINION: Williams has moved to replace the departed Jost Capito by appointing former Mercedes chief strategist James Vowles as its new team principal. But while he has sought to play down the idea of moulding his new squad into a vision of his old one, some overlap is only to be expected and perhaps shouldn't be shied away from

Formula 1
Jan 17, 2023