He may have announced on Tuesday that he will be leaving the team, but Romain Grosjean has said that he is open to returning to Lotus in the future should the opportunity arise.
Grosjean has spent the entirety of his Formula 1 career in association with the Enstone-based operations, dating back to when it functioned as a Renault works team until the end of the 2010 season.
Renault is set to take over its old base once again when it pushes through its deal to buy Lotus for the 2016 season, but Grosjean will not remain, having been unveiled as the first driver for the new Haas F1 Team.
The Frenchman admitted earlier this week that he was keen to remain a part of the new Renault project, and would have stayed had the deal not taken so long to be finalized.
Grosjean admitted that leaving Lotus would be hard given his long-standing relationship with the team, but he left the door open to a possible return in the future.
“Part of my heart will absolutely always be with Enstone where I’ve grown and experienced so much over the years,” Grosjean said. “I can remember turning up in September 2005 at the front gate, not speaking English and being very shy. Some of the people I met that day are still there.
“I’m turning a new leaf in my book but it doesn’t mean that it’s the end of the book so why not come back to Enstone one day to become world champion with the team!
“Leaving Enstone at the end of the season won’t be easy… I promised everyone some beers in December when I come to say goodbye to the factory. Until then we’ve got five races left yet this season and I’m absolutely determined to end my time with the greatest high possible.”