Romain Grosjean says he has not ruled out a move away from the Lotus, if the team’s struggles continue.
Lotus ended 2013 as the closest challenger to run-away champions Red Bull Racing, with Grosjean impressing with a fine run of form that culminated in an equal career best finish of second in the United States.
However, following a turbulent winter, when rumours persisted over the Enstone-based outfit’s future in the sport, the team has struggled, lacking reliability as well as outright pace, from its radical car design, the Renault-powered twin-tusk E22.
Grosjean has scored points just twice all year, in Spain and Monaco, with the Frenchman’s pair of eighth place finishes the team’s best results of 2014.
Speaking to reporters ahead of the British Grand Prix, Grojean gave a resounding answer of “no,” when asked whether he would rule out a move away from the struggling team.
“I miss fighting for podiums and I miss drinking the champagne on Sunday afternoons,” explained the Frenchman. “That’s what I want and that’s I think what all of us want.
“When you taste it once you don’t want to untaste it for a long time.”
Grosjean was candid when pressed on whether a rumoured link-up between Lotus and Mercedes could persuade him to remain with the former-Renault outfit beyond 2014.
“It could be,” he explained. “I would say it’s early stages and what I really want now is to win my first grand prix of course and why not try to become world champion? So that’s what I’m going to focus on.
“But I know that here we have some very good people. I know that the team is back to a fighting level and that helps things but I don’t know, we’ll see that later.
While Grosjean recognised the contributions of both Renault and the French fuel firm Total to his career, he insists that what matters is performance at this stage of his career.
“I think with Total the relationship is more than just having a sticker or something like that so I think we will still keep going together,” added the Frenchman.
“Renault has been an important part of my career. I came from the driver development in the past and without them I couldn’t have made it to GP2 or even F3.
“It’s an important part of my career but again what we want is the best performance.”
Asked whether he would relish an opportunity to partner Fernando Alonso again – having briefly driven alongside the double world champion at Renault in 2009 – Grosjean said: Yeah, why not? It was a very different stage, I was very young and I had no experience in Formula One.
“I think today things would be different and I get on very well with him so it wouldn’t be a problem on my side.”
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