Lotus F1 team thinks it might lose Romain Grosjean

Lotus fears it may have a fight on its hands to keep hold of Romain Grosjean if it does not keep pushing up the Formula 1 grid this season

Lotus F1 team thinks it might lose Romain Grosjean

Although the team has recovered from a disastrous start to the campaign to become a regular points challenger, the Enstone-based outfit is still adrift of where it ended last year.

And that has left team owner Gerard Lopez worried that rival teams may sense an opportunity to prise Grosjean away for next season if he can be tempted with more competitive machinery elsewhere.

When asked if he could sense a battle to keep hold of Grosjean for 2015, Lopez said: "We might.

"We don't have the budget of some of the other teams, so there is a point up until which we fight.

"But Romain is really happy here, he is part of the family, and I don't think he is planning on going anywhere."

Lopez says Lotus rejected overtures for Grosjean last year, but admits enquiries have already begun again.

"His drives last year meant there were a couple of teams knocking on the door to find out what he was doing, and now we've the same this year.

"I'm not saying Romain is going, but what I am saying is that here is a driver who was criticised, and now suddenly people are saying he is a driver who could pretty much drive for any team."

STILL FAITH IN MALDONADO

While Grosjean has continued to impress this year, his new team-mate Pastor Maldonado has struggled.

But Lopez thinks that the way Grosjean turned his career around in recent years gives him reason to have faith that Maldonado can do the same.

"He's a driver who needs to understand that in certain circumstances, with his speed, then 95, 96, 97 per cent should get him to where he wants to be," he said.

"And then once in Q3 give it 100, or event 105 per cent.

"We've lived partially the same thing with Romain. People wrote him off, but now we've people knocking on our door to see if he can be in their team.

"We take a long-term view on things, so we're not particularly worried. We'll get the best out of Pastor."

shares
comments
Mercedes F1 team fears its recent Monaco GP advantage could be lost

Previous article

Mercedes F1 team fears its recent Monaco GP advantage could be lost

Next article

Renault expects engine penalties later in the F1 season

Renault expects engine penalties later in the F1 season
Load comments
Hamilton at 100 wins: In his adversaries’ words Plus

Hamilton at 100 wins: In his adversaries’ words

Some 18 drivers have finished runner-up to Lewis Hamilton on his way to 100 wins. Three of those recall their battles with Formula 1’s centurion and give their personal insights into the seven-time world champion on his rise to unchartered territory

Russian Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Russian Grand Prix Driver Ratings

The 2021 Russian GP was decided by late-arriving rain that allowed some to climb and caused others to plummet. But the events which played out beforehand are equally significant when considering the all-important driver ratings

How Mercedes made the “blind faith” call that won Hamilton his 100 milestone at Sochi Plus

How Mercedes made the “blind faith” call that won Hamilton his 100 milestone at Sochi

Until rain turned the Russian Grand Prix on its head in the closing stages, Lando Norris was set to convert his first Formula 1 pole position into a maiden win. But having recovered well from being shuffled back at the start, Hamilton and his Mercedes team called the changing conditions spot-on for a landmark 100th F1 victory

Why momentum is again behind Australia’s aces Plus

Why momentum is again behind Australia’s aces

At the Italian Grand Prix Daniel Ricciardo turned around a troubled F1 season and, in F2, Oscar Piastri demonstrated once again that he is a potential star of the future. BEN EDWARDS weighs up the prospects of F1 having two Australian stars

Formula 1
Sep 26, 2021
The tough balancing act facing Schumacher’s Netflix film producers Plus

The tough balancing act facing Schumacher’s Netflix film producers

Michael Schumacher is the latest sporting superstar to get the ‘Netflix treatment’, with a special documentary film airing on the US streaming giant’s platform this month. DAMIEN SMITH has the inside track on how the filmmakers gained access to tell the human story behind one of Formula 1’s most publicity-shy champions - while the man himself, for obvious reasons, is in absentia… 

Formula 1
Sep 25, 2021
The times that suggest Verstappen should be confident of F1 Russian GP recovery Plus

The times that suggest Verstappen should be confident of F1 Russian GP recovery

For the second race in a row, Mercedes has ended the first day of track action on top. It’s in a commanding position at the Russian Grand Prix once again – this time largely thanks to Max Verstappen’s upcoming engine-change grid penalty. But there’s plenty to suggest all hope is not lost for the championship leader at Sochi

Formula 1
Sep 24, 2021
The ‘backwards step’ that is the right move for Formula 1 Plus

The ‘backwards step’ that is the right move for Formula 1

OPINION: With its days apparently numbered, the MGU-H looks set to be dropped from Formula 1’s future engine rules in order to entice new manufacturers in. While it may appear a change of direction, the benefits for teams and fans could make the decision a worthwhile call

Formula 1
Sep 23, 2021
The floundering fortunes of F1’s many Lotus reboots Plus

The floundering fortunes of F1’s many Lotus reboots

Team Lotus ceased to exist in 1994 - and yet various parties have been trying to resurrect the hallowed name, in increasingly unrecognisable forms, ever since. DAMIEN SMITH brings GP Racing’s history of the legendary team to an end with a look at those who sought to keep the flame alive in Formula 1

Formula 1
Sep 22, 2021