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F1: Grosjean: Move to ‘big four’ the target

Romain Grosjean tells Crash.net that he will only leave Lotus at the end of the season for a seat at one of the four biggest teams
Romain Grosjean says he will only be leaving Lotus at the end of 2014 if it is to move to one of the “big four” F1 teams.

Having finished the 2013 season so strongly, Grosjean has endured a tough time so far this year as Lotus has been well off the pace in part due to the Renault power unit. With his contract up at the end of the year and manager and former Lotus team principal Eric Boullier now at McLaren – which has yet to confirm its drivers – there has been speculation Grosjean may move on.

Speaking during an exclusive interview with Crash.net, when asked if he would only leave Lotus next year for a seat at one of Mercedes, Red Bull, Ferrari and McLaren, Grosjean replied: “Yeah, I think that's what everyone would tell you, but yeah I would love to be in one of those big teams.”

And Grosjean also revealed he feels a change of team would be good for his career, but is not sure when that opportunity will arise.

“I think it would [be good to change], yeah it would. It's always good to see change. At school you graduate from one school to another one and you see a change and you learn more because the people are different and so on. So is it going to be next year or not? Is it going to be the one after? I don't know for now but I think it would be nice at one stage to see something else.

“Of course this is a very strong team but it's not one of the four big teams. We don't have the same budget, we don't have the same capacity and number of people. So what you want to do is get in to one of those teams and learn from there.”


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JohnMarston

August 24, 2014 10:26 AM

Mclaren haven't resigned Button yet.. We know Boullier has a soft spot for Grosjean, and he did show last year he is quick. Remember the later stages of last season? He was basically the only guy taking the fight to Redbull. You never know, stranger things have happened in F1.

theoldgitspeaks

August 24, 2014 10:32 AM

It is obvious to most that Mclaren are undecided about their future drivers, if they can't land Alonso/Hamilton/Vettel then they will have to take somebody else if they decide that there is no point in keeping Button. Boullier is Grosjean's manager so there is a strong link. I doubt that Mclaren will land any of the above three because they are well aware that Mclaren has'nt produced a good car for several years so they will have to take a second stringer with potential or keep Button. I thought Alonso would possibly go back to Mclaren but it looks as if he's at Ferrari to the end of his career. Grosjean is fast enough to give Button plenty of trouble if he stays as he's not exactly thrashing Magnussen.



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