Lotus keen to keep Raikkonen and Grosjean for 2013

Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1, Eric Boullier (FRA) Lotus F1 Team Principal and Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 celebrate.Formula One World Championship, Rd11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Race Day, Budapest, Hungary, Sunday 29 July 2012.Jul.31 (GMM) Eric Boullier has revealed that he definitely plans to keep not just Kimi Raikkonen at Lotus in 2013, but also the Finn’s impressive rookie teammate Romain Grosjean.

The Enstone based team’s boss has dismissed speculation Raikkonen could return to Ferrari next year, where he won the 2007 title before he was ousted at the end of the 2009 season.

“It’s nice that Ferrari is in the newspapers,” Boullier is quoted by Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport, “but to my knowledge Kimi has no intention of going back to Ferrari.”

When asked if he also wants Grosjean to stay in 2013, Boullier answered: “Definitely. There is no reason why either of them should leave us.”

Rival teams have been impressed by the former Benetton / Renault squad in 2012.

“Their car has been quick all year, and they have two good drivers, so Kimi is a factor in the drivers’ championship,” Red Bull chief Christian Horner is quoted by AFP news agency.

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  • McLaren Fan

    If its not broken do not fix it

  • Jody Renza

    Lotus seems to be the best option for both Kimi & Grosjean…Eric Boullier must sign them both as quick as possible..”The Gros” will win races soon….so is Kimster..Let Ferrari have it’s politics, Mclaren their “Poms” & Red Bull their sticky fingers!

  • Sohail Khan

    Vijay Mallya would do well to take a cue from Lotus who are doing brilliantly this year and improve his team’s fortunes rather than giving lousy excuses when Force India has struggled to match the pace of their rivals.