Romain Grosjean is preparing for an 'emotional' final F1 Grand Prix for Lotus ahead of his switch to the new Haas F1 squad in 2016.
The Swiss-French driver has spent the past five seasons with the Enstone-based squad, graduating into an F1 race seat in 2012 and finished on the podium in Bahrain in just his fourth race for the team. After collecting 10 rostrum results in total Grosjean will leave Lotus for the new American team Haas F1 in 2016.
The 29-year-old says emotions will be running high throughout the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and he will be pushing hard to give Lotus one final flourish as it looks to secure sixth place in the F1 Constructors' Championship.
“I'll be fighting all the way. There's no point holding back in the race or over the weekend,” Grosjean said. “It's the last time the E23s will be used in race action so I'll be looking to give my car a good send off. The engine will be turned up to eleven, I'll be racing my heart out and I know all the guys and girls at Enstone want to see a great end to the season.
“Of course the priority over the race weekend is to score as many points as possible, but it will be quite poignant to be having my last meetings, meals, track walk and other things with the team.
“I've shared so many good and also so many character-building times through my years at Enstone so we'll have some good laughs. Before I leave Enstone I will make a visit to the factory to see all the people I've worked with over so many years. I'm sure that will be an emotional day.”
Grosjean arrives in Abu Dhabi off the back of competing at the Race Of Champions in London, where he failed to get past the first round in both the Nations Cup and the individual event.
As well as looking to help Lotus secure sixth in the F1 Constructors' Championship, Grosjean is locked in a three-way battle for tenth in the F1 Drivers' Championship. The Lotus driver is level on 49 points with top rookie Max Verstappen and three points behind Force India's Nico Hulkenberg.