Romain Grosjean believes that Renault will continue to feel the effects of Lotus’ financial difficulties following its return to Formula 1 in 2016.
Renault announced in December that it had taken over the financially-stricken Lotus operation after many months of negotiations, marking the return of its works team for the first time since 2010.
Grosjean opted to leave Lotus before the takeover had been completed, joining Haas F1 Team for its debut season in F1 for 2016.
Speaking to MotorSportsTalk in Barcelona, Grosjean said that he believes the impact of the struggles faced by Lotus over the past few years will continue to be felt by Renault to begin with.
“They’re probably going to carry on. It’s tough,” Grosjean said.
“It’s not because they’ve got Renault behind them and some money that things are going to be perfect the next day. They will need some time.
“They’re going to come back, it’s a strong team. There has been some strong people there. So yes they are going to come back, but they will need some time.”
Despite spending most of his racing career under its wing, Grosjean said that he was not missing the Lotus/Enstone operation, but instead enjoying his new adventure with Haas.
“I haven’t gone to the wrong pit box yet or the wrong hospitality! A good start – it will happen one time!” Grosjean joked.
“It’s a new adventure. I think it was important as well for me to see something different, to fly with my own wings. To come here is a great feeling.”