Lotus team owner Gerard Lopez has warned potential suitors that his team may in fact have no driver vacancies for 2014 as they might well retain the services of both their current drivers.
Kimi Raikkonen has admitted he is contemplating a switch to Red Bull, while Romain Grosjean is on a wave of up-and-down form during his single-season contract.
But while admitting “many” are prowling around Lotus’ 2014 seats, Lopez is quoted by Brazil’s Totalrace: “We are in no hurry.”
“Romain just needs to keep doing what he’s doing now,” he said, after the Frenchman finished on the podium at the Nurburgring. “We are not in a hurry to do anything.”
Lopez’s statement is a warning to drivers like Nico Hulkenberg, who is free to leave his breached Sauber contract at any time, or Pastor Maldonado, who has been linked with a move from Williams.
He said the only important thing is that Lotus have “good” drivers.
“I don’t care if it’s a world champion or not,” said Lopez. “Kimi probably could have won more championships than he has, or he might have missed what he achieved (in 2007) at the last minute.”
“I don’t care: he’s a great driver. You don’t want one (a driver) with 10, 11 or 12 titles but is not good enough.” (GMM)