Romain Grosjean's position at Lotus F1 is secure and the team hopes to sign the 27-year-old Frenchman to a long-term deal, according to new team principal Gerard Lopez.

Lopez was responding to speculation that Grosjean's future at the team was up in the air following the sudden exit of Eric Boullier from the team. Boullier has been the team principal at Enstone for the last four season but is believed to have left to take up a yet-to-be-confirmed position at McLaren.

As well as being team principal at Lotus, Boullier was also a strong supporter and advocate of Grosjean in the team's line-up, and the loss of such senior level support could be seen as leaving Grosjean vulnerable to being eased out of the team in the future.

Speaking to French radio station RMC, however, Lopez emphatically denied that this was the case.

"It is us who brought Romain from GP2, and his career was launched by Jean-Paul Driot, who is a friend and a partner," said Lopez, who is also the chairman of Genii Capital, the owners of the F1 team.

"The choice of the line-up for F1 was done with Eric Boullier, but it's still us who decided," Lopez added. "For me, Romain is one of the best drivers in F1 today."

Far from Grosjean's position within the team being at risk , Lopez said that the team was in fact working toward securing the driver's services for a significant spell.

"I think we will soon be able to announce something for the very long term," Lopez said.



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