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Lotus Decides to Stick with Romain Grosjean for the 2013 Season

December 17th, 2012 at 10:31 PM
By Mark Eddinger

The speculation has finally ended and a concrete decision has been made by the Lotus F1 Team. They have decided to keep driver Romain Grosjean in their second Formula One entry for the 2013 season.

The 26-year old Frenchman will remain the teammate of Kimi Raikkonen who finished a solid third in the points in 2012. Grosjean himself scored three podiums in the 20 race schedule and collected 96 points which was good for eighth but he did miss one race at the Italian Grand Prix. That was due to the reckless move he made the week before at the Belgian Grand Prix on the start which drew a lot of criticism and earned him a one race suspension.

'IMG_7984.jpg' photo (c) 2012, Gil Abrantes - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Despite some other risky maneuvers and a lot of speculation that he would be replaced at Lotus, Grosjean is back. 

“It’s superb to have the support of everyone at Enstone,” Grosjean said. "I’m really looking forward to rewarding their faith when we take to the track in Australia. I learnt a lot in my first full season in Formula 1 and my aim is to put these lessons into practice with stronger and more consistent performance on track next year. There are a lot of exciting developments occurring behind the scenes at Enstone and I am very excited with the prospect of the E21. I’ve already had my seat fitting and spoken with all the personnel involved with the build of the new car. I just can’t wait to get behind the wheel.”

The 2013 Formula One season gets underway on March 15 to 17 at the Albert Park Circuit and the running of the Australian Grand Prix. Last season Grosjean crashed out of the event after just one lap in his first start with Lotus
 
Before coming to Lotus for his first full Formula One season in 2012 a 23-year old Grosjean raced in seven races in the 2009 season with the ING Renault F1 Team.
Tags: Albert Park, Formula One, Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Lotus F1, Motorsports, Romain Grosjean

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