Romain Grosjean will remain with the Lotus F1 team in 2013, it has been announced, again partnering Kimi Raikkonen.
Grosjean made his return to the pinnacle of the sport this season with the Enstone-based outfit and initially he dazzled with three podium finishes before the halfway mark.
However, the Frenchman was also involved in a string of on-track incidents that eventually culminated in him receiving a one-race ban after the start-line pile-up in Belgium. Those incidents left his position in some doubt, but while the team took its time in confirming the former GP2
Series champion, it has now done so.
“Romain is a great talent and we are pleased that he is continuing with us for a second season,” said team principal, Eric Boullier. “With the continuity of two exceptional drivers like Romain and Kimi we are well placed to build on our strong 2012 with even better results in the year ahead.
“Both drivers worked very well together in their first year as team-mates, and I think there is the potential of even better things from the season ahead.
“We were regular visitors to podiums in 2012 and we certainly intend to continue with this trend in 2013.”
Grosjean meanwhile, who claimed his first RoC 'Champion of Champions' title in Bangkok on Sunday, was delighted to get a second year.
“It's fantastic for me to be continuing with Lotus F1 Team for 2013. It's superb to have the support of everyone at Enstone. I'm really looking forward to rewarding their faith when we take to the track in Australia," he remarked.
“I learnt a lot in my first full season in F1 and my aim is to put these lessons into practice with stronger and more consistent performance on track next year.
“There are a lot of exciting developments occurring behind the scenes at Enstone and I am very excited with the prospect of the E21.
“I've already had my seat fitting for next year and spoken with all the personnel involved with the build of the new car. I just can't wait to get behind the wheel,” he concluded.