Romain Grosjean has been boosted by the strength and spirit that Lotus F1 Team has shown recently amid financial uncertainty.
Lotus is currently in talks with Renault about a possible buy-out for the 2016 season, but has faced legal action and a hold-up in sponsorship payments in the meantime that have raised questions about its short-term future.
Team CEO Matthew Carter has vowed that it will complete the season, whilst deputy team principal Federico Gastaldi issued a “come and get us” call to Renault earlier this week.
Grosjean praised the team for its strength of character and spirit shown over the course of last weekend’s Italian Grand Prix as both he and teammate Pastor Maldonado retired early on.
“Once again we all saw what a tremendously strong and resourceful squad Lotus F1 Team is as everyone rallied round and overcame the difficulties put in our path,” Grosjean said.
“Everyone worked really hard. We started in the top ten but then another driver’s optimism at the first corner of all places meant the rear suspension of my car was damaged.
“That was it, race over. I was pretty gutted, but we carry on and Singapore’s our next opportunity for points.”
Due to the financial uncertainty at Enstone, Lotus is currently unable to apply any notable updates to its E23 Hybrid car, but Grosjean is still hopeful of a top ten finish in Singapore next weekend.
“Even though we haven’t been able to throw upgrades at the car like other teams can do, the E23 is a pretty balanced car in its qualities,” Grosjean said.
“It seems to go well everywhere. This means we go in with the opportunity of scoring points at tracks with very different characteristics.
“Every time I get in the car I think ‘let’s see what she can do’, so I’m positive heading to Singapore, Suzuka and all the rest of the circuits ahead.”