Lotus: Rival teams interested in Grosjean
20 May 2014 – Lotus team owner Gérard Lopez has admitted that he has a fight on his hands to keep Romain Grosjean at the team next season, with a number of rival outfits recently expressing an interest in the Frenchman.
Grosjean, 28, endured a challenging comeback term with the Enstone-based squad in 2012, with low points including a one race ban and former driver Mark Webber describing him as a "first lap nutcase".
But a number of impressive performances throughout the 2013 campaign and a determined start to the 2014 season have left Grosjean in demand, with Lopez unable to guarantee that he will be able to retain his services.
"We don't have the budget of some of the other teams, so there is a point up until which we will fight," Lopez told the Press Association. "But Romain is really happy here, he is part of the family, and I don't think he is planning on going anywhere.
"His drives last year meant there were a couple of teams knocking on the door to find out what he was doing, and now we've the same this year.
"I'm not saying Romain is going [to leave the team], but what I am saying is that here is a driver who was criticised, and now suddenly people are saying he is a driver who could pretty much drive for any team."