2015 F1 driver market

Lotus close to confirming Romain Grosjean for 2015

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Lotus deputy team principal Federico Gastaldi has said that Romain Grosjean is close to being retained for the 2015 Formula 1 season.

Grosjean has led Lotus’ charge in 2014, scoring all eight of its points, but has not yet been announced as staying with the team for the 2015 season. Teammate Pastor Maldonado was confirmed for 2015 back in July.

Although there were some questions about Grosjean’s position following Lotus’ switch to Mercedes engines for 2015, Gastaldi said that it is simply a case of finalizing the details for him to remain with the team.

“Romain is in pole position for that place and honestly it’s a case of us finalizing a few details,” Gastaldi said. “We expect to have an announcement very shortly.

“Like the technical package confirmation there has been a lot going on in the offices at Enstone, as well as the pits and paddock. It is all looking very good and exciting for the team going forwards.”

Lotus confirmed earlier this month that it would be switching from Renault to Mercedes engines, and Gastaldi feels that the team needed a change of direction for 2015.

“We realised it was time for a new direction and we’re very happy we can finally confirm this publicly,” Gastaldi said. “Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains have already made a positive impression and we believe that they will be a key ingredient for future success.

“It has become obvious this year that they have the most competitive package on the engine side. Their strengths, allied to ours, will form a potent combination in 2015 and create a special E23 Hybrid package. The partnership also forms a key ingredient for the long-term future of Lotus F1 Team.”

Grosjean will be hoping to strengthen his case by adding to Lotus’ points haul at the United States Grand Prix in Austin next weekend.