Permane: Grosjean ready to lead Lotus
25 September 2013 – Romain Grosjean is ready to step up and take on a leading role within the Lotus team, according to Trackside Operations Director Alan Permane.
The Frenchman has shown a marked increase in maturity following a turbulent 2012 season, and looked to be on course to challenge for victory in both Germany and Hungary. Another strong performance in Singapore was marred by a retirement, and Permane believes that his driver’s surge in pace throughout the season is evidence of his constant improvement.
"I think Romain himself has made - I wouldn't call it a breakthrough - but since the Nurburgring, Hungary, he's just been getting better and better and better," he told ESPN. "In Singapore he had a difficult Friday, he had a few car problems and didn't run a great deal, but he had an excellent Saturday. We knew we had the potential to do well and he delivered, and I think for his head that will be very, very important. He'll know that he can do it."
When asked if Grosjean had the potential to lead the team in the wake of Kimi Räikkönen’s impending departure, Permane responded positively.
"I don't see why not, honestly," he added. "It obviously depends who we get as his team-mate; if it's a strong character or who it is, but I don't see why not. Now is his chance and he looks to be taking it, which is really good to see."