F1 » Lotus keen to keep Grosjean


Romain Grosjean remains on the radar for Lotus F1 next season, even if both parties admit that 2014 has been an exercise in frustration.

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Taz

July 23, 2014 11:19 AM
Last Edited 146 days ago

"Pastor is very much part of the future at Enstone"

What he's really saying:

"we need Pastor's iffy oil sponsorship to continue trundling round in the midfield"

Not sure where Grosjean could go next year though apart from possibly McLaren.

mrfill

July 23, 2014 11:53 AM

I think 'remains on the radar' means he has already signed elsewhere, McLaren having obvious appeal. I don't see him replacing Magnussen though...

I still have my doubts about whether Lotus will be around next year.

theoldgitspeaks

July 23, 2014 12:21 PM

Grosjean has alredy intimated that he's looking elseware, Boullier is his manager but the situation at Mclaren will be determined by Alonso especially now that Ferrari have dropped below Williams in the constructors table. If and it's a big if Alonso goes to Mclaren the dominos will start to fall.

cassyo

July 23, 2014 1:34 PM
Last Edited 147 days ago

It may be logic as dramatic changes in the rules to determine significant movements in, and between, the teams. F1 can expect that in the next two seasons.
Romain is still a promising guy but who, unfortunately, was caught on the wrong foot (or, maybe better said, in the wrong team) by this time.
Therefore, he should look for a faster and healthier boat, otherwise we might assist to another vanishing talent.
Such a boat seems to be a Mercedes propelled one, these days.
But to jump in it, it might be another story, a kinda fortune based one.

JJ9871011

July 23, 2014 3:36 PM

RG has proven he has the talent. With the reports that Pertronas and Merc engines are maybe coming in next year is promising, but as we see, Macca have the same engine as Williams and they are so far behind the ball. Also there was talk that Total (who is RG's main sponsor) will leave if the Petronas deal goes through. I don't see why that would be such a big problem since Lotus have 2 oil sponsors now.

I digress. I think it all depends how reliant RG is on Total as to where he goes. Almost every team has a oil/gas sponsor and if a team can't have 2 oil sponsors (as I said above) we'll have to see who is willing to pay his way. Right now that seems slim.

sprulz

July 23, 2014 7:36 PM
Last Edited 148 days ago

Grosjean needs to get out of Lotus, fast. He's simply wasting his time at a team which may not even make the grid next year. He's got an inconsistent loudmouth for a teammate and his team's running out of cash. He, Valterri Bottas, Nico Hulkenberg and maybe even Kobayashi can be future champs if given the opportunity to drive for top teams. With their dire finances, I wouldn't be surprised if Lotus promoted Charles Pic back into a race seat.

107SS2009

July 24, 2014 9:04 AM

When one follows the F1 press including what comes out of those directly involved and understanding the conflict of interest of those directly involved nobody can blame the speculations/theorising that is read on F1 sites such as this one. To put some more fuel to the fire, here are some speculations that have been doing the rounds for some time, some of which are known facts. As long as Maldonado petro Dollars keep flowing Lotus will do all they can to keep him in his seat, RG seat depends on both Total and his manager (EB) now of mclaren, Lotus already have 2 oil sponsors, changing to Mercedes engines may effect that, the Mexican Sauber seat may be salvaged by his country being allocated an F1 slot, Alonso has not yet responded to the proposal for an extension to his contract, it is speculated that he had already had talks with Mercedes, SP had not been cooperating with his team driving instructions knowing full well that his seat is guaranteed by his backers being ready to buy-out R

107SS2009

July 24, 2014 9:30 AM

Continued, Knowing full well that his seat is guaranteed by his backers being ready to buy-out Rubrato Roy's shares in the team, Bob bell leaving Mercedes and the arrival of several engine and aero experts at Marranello is already being interpreted as Ross Brawn has excepted a consulting expertise role at Maranello. Williams is the clear preferred Mercedes engine customer, getting upgrades first, getting the most assistance. It is not only the drivers being at war within the Brackley camp. Toto Wolff retained his 16% share in Williams team, and he also owns 30% of the Mercedes F1 team. Toto originally first agreed terms with Paddy Lowe to join the Williams team, but they both ended at Mercedes. Toto also go-owns a sports management company with Mika Hakkinen, they look after several drivers, such as Bottas, and Hakkinen's manager when he was driving was Keke Rosberg.

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