Grosjean prepared for emotional Lotus exit

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Romain Grosjean is preparing himself for an emotional final Formula 1 race with Lotus in Abu Dhabi.

Grosjean has worked with the Enstone-based operation for much of the past ten years, making his F1 debut with Renault in 2009.

Since making his debut with Lotus in 2012, Grosjean has established himself as one of the most talented drivers in F1, but will move to the newly-formed Haas F1 Team for 2016.

Grosjean confirmed back in September that he would be leaving Lotus, hinting in subsequent interviews that the lack of certainty for the team’s future had been a decisive factor in moving to Haas.

Next weekend’s race in Abu Dhabi will be Grosjean’s last for Lotus, and he is preparing himself for an emotional weekend as he bids goodbye to the team.

“Of course the priority over the race weekend is to score as many points as possible, but it will be quite poignant to be having my last meetings, meals, track walk and other things with the team,” Grosjean said.

“I’ve shared so many good and also so many character-building times through my years at Enstone so we’ll have some good laughs.

“Of course, before I leave Enstone I will make a visit to the factory to see all the people I’ve worked with over so many years. I’m sure that will be an emotional day.”

Grosjean is hoping to sign off from Lotus with another strong result, having charged to eighth place in last weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix and led the team’s charge throughout 2015.

“I’ll be fighting all the way. There’s no point holding back in the race or over the weekend,” he said.

“It’s the last time the E23s will be used in race action so I’ll be looking to give my car a good send off. The engine will be turned up to eleven, I’ll be racing my heart out and I know all the guys and girls at Enstone want to see a great end to the season.”