Grosjean hoping to keep Lotus drive for 2013

Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1.Jul.25 (GMM) Romain Grosjean has admitted that he hopes to keep his Lotus seat in 2013. Despite a few too many incidents, the Swiss-born rookie Frenchman has been a revelation of this season, especially in light of his mediocre, abortive 2009 debut.

Lotus boss Eric Boullier and owner Gerard Lopez have indicated they are happy with both Grosjean, 26, and the team’s other driver Kimi Raikkonen.

Still, Grosjean is hoping that he definitely stays in 2013.

“Hopefully, if all goes well, I will be with the team next season,” he is quoted as saying by the French language website

“This will allow me to build up this year and compete in 2013 on a better footing,” added Grosjean, who has been on the podium twice this year but failed to finish five of the 10 races so far.

He said: “We already know what has worked and what has not, so this will give us more time to do things perfectly.

“I hope I will be retained. If I continue in this way, I think I have a good chance.”

The website said Grosjean sponsor Total’s contract with the Enstone based team expires at the end of the season.

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