Lotus to hold discussion with drivers
28 October 2013 – Lotus will hold talks with Kimi Räikkönen and Romain Grosjean ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, in an attempt to avoid a repeat of their near-collision during the closing stages of Sunday afternoon's race at the Buddh International Circuit.
Grosjean, who had stormed through the field from his 17th-place starting position, was trying to make a move on his team-mate with just four laps of the race remaining, only to be forced wide by the Finn, whose Medium tyres were in a badly-worn state.
With the Ferrari of Felipe Massa closing in on the pair at a vast-rate of knots, an angry radio message from experienced engineer Alan Permane ultimately led Räikkönen to allow Grosjean through, before he dashed into the pits for a late change of tyres.
Although the team managed to pick up significant points in third and seventh, Boullier says both men will now be spoken to in order to clear the air for the final three races.
"They are free to race each other, but it is true that we were maybe expecting a little bit of an easier manoeuvre," said Boullier. "You're never happy when you see both cars fighting and one car going off, so you just make sure they fight in the team's interest.
"I'm going to speak to both of them [at the next Grand Prix] in Abu Dhabi. It's true that we are working for these guys to deliver, but there is a team to think about."
Boullier went on to state that if it was not for the state of Räikkönen's tyres, which completed a second stint of 51 laps, the pair would have been allowed to race freely.
"If his tyres hadn't dropped off we would say let them race," Boullier added of the situation. "Kimi is a competitor so he is racing everybody and I can understand that. But when the tyres are dropping off and you are two seconds off the pace, if it's your team-mate you don't have to make a drama and you have to bring the cars as high in the ranking for yourself and the team. Don't stop the other guy bringing points home."