Eric Boullier has revealed that Lotus is closing in on its driver pairing for the 2014 F1 season - and could fill its second seat within the next few days.

Speaking during Friday's official FIA press conference at the Buddh International Circuit ahead of this weekend's Indian Grand Prix, the Boullier revealed that that team fully intended to take up the option it has on Romain Grosjean for next year on the back of a series of impressive performances in recent races.

The 27-year-old Frenchman will be entering his third full season with the team and is now set to confirmed in his role by the team in the near future.

"Romain has a contract signed anyway for next year," Boullier said. "It's just, say, a matter of confirmation. We are being prudent after last obviously. But I think it's on its way to be confirmed soon.

"We are definitely pleased with his performance, since Germany actually. Clearly, something switched on and he is working better. I mean the same tyre story as well, the latest spec of tyres suit a little bit more his driving style than Kimi's one. But yes, we are pleased that he is stepping up. We don't have a policy of driver number one and number two but we needed him obviously to step up, yes."

Nico Hulkenberg is seen as the hot favourite to partner Grosjean next year, although Pastor Maldonado is also believed to be in the running if the team requires additional financial backing - and if the Venezuelan is able to provide it.

Test driver Davide Valsecchi could also be in contention, although the Italian is currently the rank outsider with Boullier saying Lotus was keen to try and bring in someone with experience to fill the vacant seat.

"Davide is on the list but to bring to the grid next year a driver with no experience is a huge step for them," he said. "I've done it twice with them, first with Petrov and then with a semi-rookie Grosjean and I think I've had enough to be honest with you.

"Davide is on the list because we consider him as a good driver, as a GP2 champion but it's true that if you favour a scenario for next year it will be a driver with experience.

"If we cannot find any driver with experience, fitting the strategy of the team, obviously we will go for a rookie driver and then Davide is obviously on the top of the list. It looks harsh, I'm sorry but it's true."



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