Grosjean confirmed at Lotus for 2013 season

Grosjean confirmed at Lotus for 2013 season

17 December 2012 – Romain Grosjean has been confirmed at Lotus for the 2013 Formula 1 campaign, extending his contract with the Enstone-based squad after making his return to the sport this year. The Frenchman, whose outright speed was overshadowed by first lap incidents and a one-race ban, continues alongside Kimi Räikkönen.

Grosjean made his F1 comeback with Lotus this season, having endured a difficult seven-race spell with the team formerly known as Renault back in 2009. Following on from his title-winning year in feeder category GP2, he started the campaign well by qualifying third for the Australian Grand Prix, before securing podium finishes in Bahrain, Canada and Hungary and seven further top ten results.

However, a series of accidents put his seat at risk as the season developed, with his involvement in the dramatic first corner crash at Spa-Francorchamps leaving him banned for the Italian Grand Prix. Despite this, his underlying pace has prompted Team Principal Eric Boullier to retain his fellow countryman for another term.

"It's fantastic for me to be continuing with Lotus F1 Team for 2013," Grosjean explained. "It's superb to have the support of everyone at Enstone. I'm really looking forward to rewarding their faith when we take to the track in Australia.

Grosjean is delighted with his contract extension
"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."

Grosjean won the individual Race of Champions title in Thailand last weekend, outracing the likes of Sebastian Vettel, Michael Schumacher and Tom Kristensen.

Also on Monday:
Boullier: We have two exceptional drivers

related

Comments

Latest News
Full
Compact

  1. Friday 6 May 2016

  2. Lorenzo moves ahead in second practice 13:58

    Lorenzo moves ahead in second practice

    Jorge Lorenzo moved to the top of the timesheets during Friday afternoon's second practice session for the French Grand…

    MotoGP
  3. Video: Mercedes on 'most stressful' 1-2 13:24

    Video: Mercedes on 'most stressful' 1-2

    Mercedes boss Toto Wolff reflects on the team's "stressful" 1-2 finish at the Russian Grand Prix.

    F1
  4. Pirelli clarifies Verstappen/Kvyat tyres 11:18

    Pirelli clarifies Verstappen/Kvyat tyres

    Formula 1 tyre supplier Pirelli has clarified that Max Verstappen and Daniil Kvyat will use each other's tyre compound…

    F1
  5. Pedrosa leads Lorenzo in first practice 10:24

    Pedrosa leads Lorenzo in first practice

    Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa edged out Yamaha rival Jorge Lorenzo during Friday's first practice session for the French Grand…

    MotoGP
  6. Brundle: Kvyat gave RBR 'perfect chance' 09:50

    Brundle: Kvyat gave RBR 'perfect chance'

    Ex-Formula 1 driver turned television commentator Martin Brundle says Daniil Kvyat's errors at the Russian Grand Prix gave Red…

    F1
  7. Video: Verstappen on Red Bull promotion 09:32

    Video: Verstappen on Red Bull promotion

    Max Verstappen discusses his in-season promotion from Toro Rosso to the senior Red Bull team.

    F1
  8. Verstappen never interested in rival offers 09:13

    Verstappen never interested in rival offers

    Max Verstappen says that he was never seriously interested in potential offers from rival Formula 1 teams, following his…

    F1
  9. Verstappen's race engineer leaves STR 08:52

    Verstappen's race engineer leaves STR

    Max Verstappen's race engineer, Xevi Pujolar, has left Toro Rosso following the Russian Grand Prix. Pujolar, who has…

    F1
  10. Video of the Day: MotoGP rider 'hand jive' 05:26

    Video of the Day: MotoGP rider 'hand jive'

    MotoGP riders explain their shared hand-coded language in this special Alpinestars video.

    MotoGP
  11. Thursday 5 May 2016

  12. Doornbos: Red Bull acted to keep Verstappen 15:52

    Doornbos: Red Bull acted to keep Verstappen

    Robert Doornbos says he "1000 per cent" understands why Red Bull opted to replace Daniil Kvyat with Max Verstappen, in order to…

    F1
  13. Folger set for MotoGP debut with Tech 3 15:47

    Folger set for MotoGP debut with Tech 3

    Jonas Folger will join Tech 3 Yamaha for the 2017 season, with an optional one-year extension. German racer Folger, 22, has…

    MotoGP
  14. Video: Verstappen's message to fans 15:39

    Video: Verstappen's message to fans

    Max Verstappen sends a message to his fans after confirmation of his switch from Toro Rosso to Red Bull.

    F1
  15. Overview: Kvyat vs Ricciardo at Red Bull 15:02

    Overview: Kvyat vs Ricciardo at Red Bull

    Toro Rosso's Max Verstappen will step up to replace Daniil Kvyat at Red Bull from the Spanish Grand Prix, in a straight seat…

    F1
  16. Pirelli announces Silverstone compounds 14:21

    Pirelli announces Silverstone compounds

    Formula 1 tyre supplier Pirelli has announced its compound selections for July's British Grand Prix at Silverstone, with the…

    F1
  17. 14:02

    Photos: Verstappen visits Red Bull factory

    F1
  18. Marko: Kvyat could not cope with Ricciardo 13:26

    Marko: Kvyat could not cope with Ricciardo

    Red Bull motorsport consultant Helmut Marko has explained the reasons behind the call to replace Daniil Kvyat with Toro Rosso's…

    F1
  19. Button questions Verstappen/Kvyat swap 11:24

    Button questions Verstappen/Kvyat swap

    Jenson Button has questioned Red Bull's decision to replace Daniil Kvyat with Max Verstappen from the Spanish Grand Prix…

    F1
  20. Verstappen's Red Bull deal 'long term' 10:58

    Verstappen's Red Bull deal 'long term'

    Jos Verstappen believes that his son, Max, will benefit from an earlier-than-planned promotion to Red Bull, which comes as part…

    F1
  21. Tost welcomes Kvyat back to Toro Rosso 10:08

    Tost welcomes Kvyat back to Toro Rosso

    Toro Rosso team boss Franz Tost says that the outfit is "more than happy" to welcome back Daniil Kvyat, following Red Bull's…

    F1
  22. In photos: Verstappen's F1 journey so far 09:53

    In photos: Verstappen's F1 journey so far

    Max Verstappen is preparing to take the next step of his burgeoning Formula 1 career at the Spanish Grand Prix, where he will…

    F1
  23. Verstappen describes 'amazing opportunity' 09:03

    Verstappen describes 'amazing opportunity'

    Max Verstappen has expressed his excitement at the "amazing opportunity" to step up to Red Bull from the Spanish Grand Prix…

    F1
  24. Verstappen replaces Kvyat at Red Bull 08:40

    Verstappen replaces Kvyat at Red Bull

    Max Verstappen will replace Daniil Kvyat at Red Bull from the Spanish Grand Prix onwards, with the Russian driver returning to…

    F1
  25. Video of the Day: Rosberg vs Lauda 05:26

    Video of the Day: Rosberg vs Lauda

    Nico Rosberg takes on Niki Lauda in a game of table tennis. Watch on to see who comes out on top...

    F1
  26. Wednesday 4 May 2016

  27. Rossi: Le Mans usually suits Yamaha 15:14

    Rossi: Le Mans usually suits Yamaha

    Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi is hopeful of claiming back-to-back MotoGP victories at this weekend's French Grand Prix, given the…

    MotoGP
  28. Sauber admits to 'really difficult time' 13:39

    Sauber admits to 'really difficult time'

    Sauber has admitted that it is going through a "really difficult time", as it attempts to keep up with the costs involved in…

    F1
  29. Mercedes writes open letter to fans 11:55

    Mercedes writes open letter to fans

    Mercedes has written a lengthy open letter to its fans in an attempt to silence recent conspiracy theories regarding the 2016…

    F1
  30. Video: Repsol Honda previews Le Mans 11:12

    Video: Repsol Honda previews Le Mans

    Repsol Honda engineers Ramón Aurín and Santi Hernández preview the French Grand Prix at Le Mans.

    MotoGP
  31. Michelin eager to impress on home soil 10:32

    Michelin eager to impress on home soil

    MotoGP tyre supplier Michelin says it is "very important" that this weekend's French Grand Prix goes smoothly for the brand…

    MotoGP
  32. Mark Sutton: Story Behind the Shot - Russia 09:46

    Mark Sutton: Story Behind the Shot - Russia

    Especially for lovers of motorsport photography, GPUpdate.net's race-by-race series, Story Behind the Shot, continues throughout…

    F1
  33. Turvey in for Berlin, no debut for Hanley 09:27

    Turvey in for Berlin, no debut for Hanley

    Oliver Turvey will race for NEXTEV TCR at the next round of the Formula E season in Berlin. Turvey was set to miss the May 21…

    FE
  34. Video of the Day: Prost on e.dams Renault 05:16

    Video of the Day: Prost on e.dams Renault

    Having had its advantage slashed by rivals Audi Sport Abt, e.dams Renault chief Alain Prost explains its recent struggles.

    FE
  35. Tuesday 3 May 2016

  36. Sauber to skip post-race Barcelona test 17:04

    Sauber to skip post-race Barcelona test

    Sauber has confirmed that it will not participate during the in-season group test sessions which take place during the week…

    F1
  37. Force India encouraged by VJM09 pace 14:44

    Force India encouraged by VJM09 pace

    Force India Chief Operating Officer Otmar Szafnauer says the outfit can draw encouragement from the pace of the VJM09 despite…

    F1
  38. STR: Russia a 'huge opportunity missed' 13:38

    STR: Russia a 'huge opportunity missed'

    Toro Rosso Technical Director James Key says that the outfit's failure to register a point at the Russian Grand Prix was a "huge…

    F1
  39. Pirelli begins 2017 tyre testing at Fiorano 13:02

    Pirelli begins 2017 tyre testing at Fiorano

    Pirelli has commenced its 2017 tyre testing programme with Ferrari's Jean-Éric Vergne behind the wheel of the F14-T, the…

    F1
  40. Márquez hoping to confirm Honda gains 12:42

    Márquez hoping to confirm Honda gains

    MotoGP championship leader Marc Márquez is eager to confirm the gains Repsol Honda has made with its RC213V across recent…

    MotoGP
  41. Arrivabene adamant Ferrari will keep fighting 11:26

    Arrivabene adamant Ferrari will keep fighting

    Ferrari Team Principal Maurizio Arrivabene maintains that the outfit is still in the hunt for the World Championship, despite…

    F1
  42. Pirelli reveals Spanish GP tyre selections 10:59

    Pirelli reveals Spanish GP tyre selections

    Formula 1 tyre supplier Pirelli has revealed the tyre compound selections which drivers have made for next weekend's Spanish…

    F1
  43. McLaren: Points finish reflects progress 10:40

    McLaren: Points finish reflects progress

    McLaren Racing Director Eric Boullier is confident that the outfit has "turned the corner" after Fernando Alonso and Jenson…

    F1
  44. Sauber pair positive despite more struggles 09:48

    Sauber pair positive despite more struggles

    Sauber drivers Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr were left content following the Russian Grand Prix, despite the team failing to…

    F1
more news