Boullier: Grosjean will be with us next year and for a long time beyond

Eric Boullier, Team Principal, Lotus F1 and Romain Grosjean, Lotus E20 Renault.

Eric Boullier with Romain Grosjean

Sep.5 (GMM) Romain Grosjean’s one race ban for causing the Spa Turn 1 collision – the first in Formula 1 for almost two decades – has not damaged the Frenchman’s relationship with Lotus, nor his comeback to the sport.

2012 Monaco Grand Prix - Sunday Monte Carlo, Monaco 27th May 2012 World Copyright:Andrew Ferraro/LAT Photographic ref: Digital Image _Q0C1213That is the claim of his boss and manager Eric Boullier, who fended off speculation that Grosjean, 26, could be on the verge of blowing his second and presumably final shot at a grand prix career.

Boullier’s other Gravity-managed driver, Belgian Jerome d’Ambrosio, is sitting in for Grosjean this weekend, prompting speculation that the usually-happy Frenchman could lose momentum and – as he did at the end of 2009, and once again slide off the grid.

Asked if Grosjean will definitely be on the Singapore grid, Boullier told RMC Sport: “Of course.”

And 2013? “He has a one-year contract as well as a long-term renewable contract. He will be with us next year and for a long time beyond,” stated Boullier.

Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus E20 suffered a puncture. Formula One World Championship, Rd10, German Grand Prix, Race, Hockenheim, Germany, Sunday 22 July 2012.Boullier also revealed that Grosjean has sat down for a team meeting to discuss his race ban, which according to speculation was applied because the FIA ran out of patience following a sequence of incidents for the Swiss-born driver this year.

“It (the meeting) was neither severe nor relaxed,” said Boullier.

Asked if Lotus will add its own penalties to Grosjean’s official FIA sanction, he insisted: “Not at all.”

Rather, Boullier said Lotus will try to help Grosjean.

“This is an important point that has been raised with Romain. In Formula One, there is a very high level of stress, especially in qualifying and the start.

Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus E20 spins ito the gravel. Formula One World Championship, Rd9, British Grand Prix, Qualifying, Silverstone, England, Saturday 7 July 2012.“We have spoken with Romain about how to set up a structure so that he can manage his life as a driver and all of his functions.

“I would say that when you have your second chance in F1, there is more pressure. We put a structure in place last winter and now we might have to renew it.”

Part of that structure might be to relegate Grosjean to a ‘number 2′ role for the rest of 2012, given the fact that Kimi Raikkonen is the Lotus driver most likely to challenge for the title.

“No,” said Boullier. “But we will do everything to avoid penalising Kimi, who is likely to be fighting for the championship.”

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  • Jody Renza

    If I was with Lotus I will do the same…keep Grosjean…remember Scheckter & Hunt…all crashers/loose canons & they end-up as winners…RM showed in GP2 that he is good enough to win in F1 too..!

  • McLaren Fan

    Eric Boullier has very high hopes for Romain Grosjean.
    And it looks like they are actually applying mind set management that works unlike the mind set of a Williams driver.
    Lotus are obviously happy with the way things are going with there driver pairing.

  • Butterfly

    Totally off-topic, but it seems Hamilton will replace Schumacher next year.

  • McLaren Fan

    @Butterfly
    I almost had a cardiac and did some searching.
    Claims that Lewis Hamilton is on the verge of signing a deal with Mercedes have been denied by his management team.
    A spokesperson for XIX has also poured cold water on the reports by suggesting that Hamilton is actually closer to re-signing with McLaren than moving elsewhere.

  • A41202813@GMAIL.COM

    After All That Went On SPA, I Doubt LEWIS Will Win Another WDC With MCLAREN, Again.

    Time To Find A New Midfield Team For A Couple Of Years, At Least.

    Go, HAMILTON !

  • McLaren Fan

    @A41202813:
    Hamilton had a lot to contend with last week he lost a close family member to the big “C”.
    He then lost his way with the wing, and downforce level.
    He was messed up in the head then got screwed by the crash.
    Give him a chance with McLaren the team he loves.
    No other team with an opening can give him the same tools.

  • A41202813@GMAIL.COM

    @McLaren Fan

    MCLAREN Have Proved Once And Again They Have The Tools, No Doubt About That.

    The Way It Has Performed In 2012, And With The Tensions Going Around, I Doubt MCLAREN Can Help Him Win Any Other WDC.

    Just To Win A Couple Of Races A Year Any Mid Team Is Just As Good.

    Better Leave Now.

    I Would Love Him To Replace BRUNO At WILLIAMS, Or ROSBERG At MERCEDES – Damn, Even FELIPE At The Reds.

    Go, HAMILTON !

  • McLaren Fan

    @A41202813:
    Logically if Hamilton were to go Red he would be expected to be a number 2 driver and we remember how that was @ McLaren.
    Williams don’t have a championship car as to yet and with the crash test dummy there nasty.
    Mercedes well lets be honest the car is not as it should be and with talk of them pulling out of F1 and letting the team run under AMG alone there is a possibility they will need a pay driver as cash could be in short supply, @ Mclaren they have the £ and he feels at home.

  • A41202813@GMAIL.COM

    @McLaren Fan

    Absolutely Correct, Except, After CANADA 2011, I Do Not Think He Feels At Home Anymore, Especially After This SPA Qualifying.

    If He Had A Bad Setup, Why Waiting For The Last Q3 Possible Moment To Put A Fast Lap ?

    With The Time He Waited, And He Did, I Saw, He Could Of Made 2 Or 3 More Laps.

    If You Bet Everything On A Single Last Lap, That Everything Can Go Horribly Wrong.

    With The 2012 Tires, It Happened Time And Time Again, He Was Supposed To Be Fighting For The WDC With 47.5 Points Disadvantage With Only 9 Races To Go, For Crying Out Loud.

    Playing On The Job Was Not An Option.

    Someone Is Playing Russian Roulette.

    Go, HAMILTON !

  • A41202813@GMAIL.COM

    @McLaren Fan

    After CANADA 2011 I Do Not Think He Feels At Home Anymore.

    Go, HAMILTON !

  • Butterfly

    Guys, Eddie Jordan said Schumacher would come to Mercedes and the rumor was confirmed one month later. Plus, Bernie said he’s sorry to “see Schumacher retire”.

    I reckon the deal is done and dusted. Hope Merc give Lewis a good car.

  • McLaren Fan

    @Butterfly & A41202813:
    You both have me worried now.
    Even with the big article still saying untrue.

  • Butterfly

    McLaren Fan:

    No reason to worry. Lewis is a great driver, he’ll get the max out of whatever Merc can provide.

  • A41202813@GMAIL.COM

    @Butterfly

    Thank You, I Will Drink To That.

    Go, HAMILTON !