Romain Grosjean is certain that Lotus will avoid a repeat of its difficult 2014 season next year.
Grosjean finished 2013 in fine form, finishing on the podium four times during the last six races of the year, however, the Frenchman has scored just eight points in 2014, in what has been a disappointing season for Lotus.
Despite this, the Frenchman is refusing to rule out a return to form for Lotus, who are linked with a Mercedes engine deal for in 2015, noting the example of Jenson Button in 2009, who claimed the drivers’ title with Brawn GP, despite a difficult 2008 season in which he scored just three points for Honda.
“I am 99.99% confident that the team is going to be better next year, not even speaking about the engine, just because it has been a transition year,” Grosjean said. “It has been difficult and we were starting on the back foot and next year everything’s going to be in a better shape. So even removing any power unit questions it’s going to be better.
“If you look at Jenson [Button] in 2008 he was very much struggling with Honda and then changed to Brawn, which was the same team with a different name, and he was world champion.
“It’s the same for [Fernando] Alonso, he had very good years and he had difficult years, and it’s part of your career, you have to accept that and not get too frustrated.
“Sometimes it’s hard because you are a competitor and you want to win races, fight at the front and you want things to go better. Sometimes they don’t go better but you accept that it is going to be tough and go from there.”
Grsojean has been linked with a move away from the struggling Lotus team for 2015, with a reunion with former team boss Eric Boullier at McLaren one rumoured destination for the 28-year-old.
The Frenchman admits that he will use the summer break to consider his future with the Enstone-based squad.
“I think it’s always in the back of your mind,” he admitted. “I want to win races in the near future and we are working on that. Of course you think about your future … it’s going to certainly be [something I think about] in the summer break.”
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