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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.
"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
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