Following the recent announcement that Pastor Maldonado will stay at Lotus for the 2015 season, deputy team principal Federico Gastaldi says he hopes the Enstone-based outfit can retain Romain Grosjean for next year as well.
The team has struggled this season with the tricky E22 and reliability issues with the Renault power-unit. Grosjean has scored eight points so far, with Maldonado failing to finish in the top 10.
Grosjean said in Germany that he is keeping his options open for next season, but Gastaldi hopes he will stay at Lotus. “Romain has been part of the Lotus F1 Team family for many years, even since his GP2 days,” he said.
“Let’s be honest. Romain as a top, top driver is not happy with the 2014 season and this is mirrored by everyone at the team of course. We cannot confirm anything just yet as the timing will be right when we are both comfortable to announce something.
“All I can say is that it’s certainly the intention for Romain to stay at Enstone and continue what has been a great partnership and working relationship.”
Commenting on the Maldonado news, he added: “We were validating the deal we have with Pastor, confirming that we have a multi-year deal, reinforcing from both sides our commitment to each other; it’s a renewal of vows after a tough honeymoon if you like.
“Myself and Gérard Lopez spent a lot of time with Pastor in Hockenheim, where we sat down and discussed the future which was all very positive. Pastor is very much part of the future at Enstone and it was a matter of routine for both parties to confirm that he has a multi-year deal and will be in one of our cockpits next season. We are very happy to confirm this in public, as is Pastor and his partners.”
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