Boullier says Lotus are ready to extend Grosjean contract

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

Oct.15 (GMM) Lotus boss Eric Boullier has ended the uncertainty about Romain Grosjean’s future in Formula One and confirmed the Frenchman for next year.

Amid Grosjean’s first-lap troubles this year, culminating in him being branded a “nutcase” by Mark Webber at Suzuka, Boullier and team owner Gerard Lopez had refused to guarantee that Grosjean will stay put in 2013.

But, even after admitting that he was “nervous” before Sunday’s Korean Grand Prix, the 26-year-old managed to avoid the first corner chaos and finish the race seventh.

“It was good to see Romain drive very sensibly despite all the pressure that is on his shoulders,” said Boullier.

He told the BBC: “He [Grosjean] has been reassured about his future and that he is going to stay with us, but I cannot commit today. Everything is ready, the contract is ready and has been approved by the board. It is just a question of finding the possibility to do it.”

Boullier, who doubles as the head of the group – Gravity – that manages Grosjean, said Lotus continues to believe in the 2011 GP2 champion.

“He deserves to be in Formula One, we brought him back because we believe he has a future in F1. I would be a bit foolish to bring him back and then get rid of him,” he said.

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  • JodyRenza

    Romain Grosjean is a great talent & yes hopefully he will have another year with Lotus. There was a lotta drivers that used to crash a lot in their early years in F1 but went on to be great Grand Prix stars…Gilles Villeneuve, James Hunt…
    Rather having a driver trying hard (and crashes) than having some paying yawning drivers..

  • Hawk

    Conflict of interest?