Romain Grosjean says he is determined to reward the Lotus F1 team with 'the greatest high possible' over the five remaining races of the 2015 Formula 1 World Championship season ahead of his move to Haas F1 in 2016.

After weeks of speculation, Grosjean was formally confirmed with the incoming American team for its maiden season of F1 racing, a deal that brings the Frenchman's tenure at Lotus to an end after four years together.

Notching up ten podiums in that time - with the most recent coming in this year's Belgian Grand Prix against the backdrop of Lotus' much publicised financial woes -, Grosjean admits it was a difficult decision to leave the Enstone-based team ten years after he first arrived there as a Renault junior development driver.

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"I'm headed to a new team and a new and very different challenge in 2016 - it's true - but it's going to be very emotional for me to leave the team that I've been part of for so long. I've worked with Enstone for 10 years, we had ten podiums together and I took part in nearly 80 races...

"I have to say that 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.

"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."

With only five races remaining in 2015, Grosjean says he now wants to conclude his time with Lotus on a high, particularly as it is set to evolve into the Renault factory team from 2016.

"I'm turning a new leaf in my book but it doesn't mean that 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 got five races left yet this season and I'm absolutely determined to end my time with the greatest high possible."


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Agree with first comment, Romain after a difficult start in F1, not all his fault, has shown great maturity, think back to some great races when Raikkonen was his team mate, good car, great drives, after the British drivers, I am a big supporter of Romain, can't help thinking Renault have already missed a trick, not telling him their intention, !!!
Wish him well with a new team Hass, at least they have a proven engine, and hopefully will not be left like poor Jenson, floundering at the back.