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Lotus owner Lopez has 'desire' to keep Grosjean

Despite looking safe to keep his seat for 2013, Lotus is making Romain Grosjean wait.

The team rates the Frenchman's raw speed very highly, but he has had a tumultuous season.

The final chapter was in Brazil, where he crashed both in qualifying and the race.

"At the moment we are having a few days or a few weeks of consideration," team boss Eric Boullier is quoted by RMC Sport.

"This season, there were not terrible things and not great things. But we're not going to bury the kid, he did three podiums."

And team owner Genii's Gerard Lopez told Speed Week: "The chance that he races with us in 2013 is great."

Grosjean, 26, admitted in Brazil that after the ups and downs of his return to F1 this year, he is exhausted.

"It is time to stop and take two months off," he said. "I hope I'll be there next year."

Lopez told L'Equipe: "Romain is one of the fastest drivers in F1.

"He understands the car, he can get the most from it, but he has not done everything we asked of him, especially in terms of consistency.

"But the kind of speed he has does not grow on trees.

"The reason he is not yet confirmed for 2013 is because we have not yet had time to sit down and discuss it together with the engineers. Then we'll see.

"My desire is to see Romain in the car, but it depends more on him than me."

Published Nov 27, 2012 5:49 am
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nahidrahman
maybe test the car with other drivers who dont have seats but deserve one. they could be better, and faster.
Nov 27, 2012 7:11 am
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keithxp
He out-qualified Raikkonen this year. I think he deserves another shot.
Nov 27, 2012 12:13 pm
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nahidrahman
but Raikkonen outscored him in the points. He just ended up making mincemeat of other drivers. I don't deny he's a good driver, but there are others too that also deserve a seat. A drive-off I propose. Although Raikkonen is on a whole different level - 3rd place in the standings on a comeback year, which would have been even without his one win, shows how consistent he is. he is going to be on fire next year. I hope the Mercedes car is a good one then.
Nov 27, 2012 8:42 pm
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mc959
@ nahidrahan i think you mean Lotus-Renault, cause it's been a long time he was driving Mclaren-Mercedes...
Nov 28, 2012 9:16 am
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keithxp
Good thing there are 2 seats. I would never choose Grosjean over Raikkonen. Aside from the mid-season crash derby, Grosjean had some amazing first lap overtakes early in the season.
Nov 28, 2012 10:46 am
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