Grosjean looking for strong final race in Abu Dhabi as he nears Lotus extension

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Romain Grosjean is hoping for a strong final race of the 2014 Formula 1 season in Abu Dhabi next weekend, with double points giving the Frenchman a chance to pick up a good haul for Lotus.

Grosjean has endured a difficult season, going from a regular front-runner in 2013 to languishing on the fringes of the top ten this year, but has still impressed the F1 community with his performances during a difficult period for Lotus.

In Abu Dhabi, he is hoping to enjoy a strong final race of the year, with the controversial double points working in Lotus’ favor.

“We’ve got a few upgrades coming which should give us a bit more power and with double points on offer, you never know!” Grosjean said. “We are going to try our hardest to get the best result we can and create a positive mood over the winter for the team back in the factory.

“When things aren’t going right for you, it’s difficult on everyone so a bit of positivity will help the whole team. Pastor and I will be trying our utmost to bring back some strong points.

“Sometimes a bit of luck and some clever decisions is all you need to achieve great results, and that’s what we’ll be aiming for on Sunday.”

Despite lacking an official announcement, Grosjean is set to remain at Lotus for 2015. The driver has made two announcements from his Twitter and Facebook page in the last few days, only for both posts to be quickly deleted.

In a tweet on Wednesday, Grosjean said: “Proud to announce that I’ll be racing with Lotus F1 Team in 2015” before it was soon deleted.

Today, Grosjean uploaded a video of himself confirming that he would be remaining with Lotus to his Facebook page, but this was also soon deleted.

“I will keep racing with Lotus in 2015,” he said. “It’s been a long story with the team, ups and downs, 2013 was good, 2014 more difficult but next year is a new challenge with a new engine. I’ve seen the E23 and it’s a beautiful car so hopefully more podiums, hopefully on top of the podium one day!”