Romain Grosjean knows who he will be racing for in 2016, but has refused to reveal his plans ahead of this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix.
Grosjean currently races for Lotus F1 Team, and has led the team’s charge in 2015 by scoring the majority of its points and picking up its first podium finish in almost two years at the Belgian Grand Prix last month.
However, Lotus is facing great financial uncertainty at the moment, and although talks with French manufacturer Renault about a takeover for 2016 are ongoing, the team’s future remains unclear.
Speaking ahead of this weekend’s race in Singapore, Grosjean was coy when asked about his plans for 2016, but revealed that he knew where he would be racing next year.
“I think the other thing I can tell you is that my decision is… I’ve made my decision,” Grosjean said.
“Everything is clear in my head and I know what’s going to happen for me in the future, but if you don’t mind I won’t tell you any more.”
Grosjean has been linked to one of the seats at Haas F1 Team for its debut season. NASCAR team co-owner Gene Haas is thought to have set his sights on signing the Frenchman for his team’s first year in F1 after missing out on Nico Hulkenberg, who opted to extend his contract with Force India.
Should Renault go through with a takeover of Lotus, Grosjean would most probably be kept on due to his previous ties with the French marque. Grosjean made his F1 debut with Renault back in 2009, and is backed by oil giant Total which enjoys a close working relationship with the company.
For the time being, a deal between Renault and Lotus is still far from certain, which could suggest that Grosjean is willing to ride out the storm at Enstone – or has decided enough is enough and found a move away for 2016.