Grosjean: I have not yet been informed if Lotus financial problems are over

Romain Grosjean has another chance with Lotus in 2014

Romain Grosjean has another chance with Lotus in 2014

Romain Grosjean has admitted he is not sure if Lotus’ money problems have been solved, but at the same time says that it is nice that he has been confirmed by the team for 2014.

The Enstone based team had been delaying signing its preferred option to replace the disgruntled Kimi Raikkonen – Nico Hulkenberg – until the money from the much-vaunted ‘Quantum’ investment came through.

Ultimately, while re-signing the impressive Frenchman Grosjean, Lotus announced on Friday that his new teammate will be Pastor Maldonado. The press release made no mention of the Venezuelan’s backing, but it is well known that he brings around €35-40 million from PDVSA, the Venezuelan state-owned oil company.

Romain Grosjean was a front runner for most of the 2013 season

Romain Grosjean was a front runner for most of the 2013 season

After the news broke, some said it was a clear sign that the Quantum money will never arrive. But others insisted the deal headed by controversial businessman Mansoor Ijaz is still on the cards.

Asked if he has been told Lotus’ financial problems are now over, Grosjean told France’s L’Equipe: “Not yet, but I am going to see [team boss] Eric [Boullier] on Monday. We will discuss it then.”

Asked if Friday’s news was a relief, he told RMC: “I don’t know if relief is the right word, but it’s always nice to be confirmed sooner rather than later. The team had other things to deal with beforehand, but we had always wanted to continue to work together.”

Second place for Romain Grosjean in Austin was his best result of the year

Second place for Romain Grosjean in Austin was his best result of the year

Grosjean said that he is confident that Lotus will handle the transition to the radical new 2014 rules well, but acknowledged: “We will have to have the budget, because [the season] will be expensive and complicated.”

And asked if he has concerns that he will not be paid in 2014, the 27-year-old answered: “I have no problem. My motivation and my work have never changed during the season. It is a personal matter between myself and my employer.”

The increasingly dubious investment by the Mansoor Ijaz led Quantum Motorsport is, according to sources within Lotus and Quantum, going to happen in one form or another, but evidently not in time to secure the services of Nico Hulkenberg who was their preferred choice of driver for 2014. (GMM)

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  • Boycottthebull

    Shame Kimi couldnt show the same professionalism and keep it between himself and his employer too. But he has to play the fans so they wouldnt turn on him when he went for the cash grab at ferrari, it seems to have worked though his fans are as loyal and blind as ever.

  • McLarenfan

    Romain Grosjean has proved he can handle the pressure at the front of the grid he had some good battles with world champions, he has now got respect of those champions, he has not brought his employers problems to the media even though he could have done so. His new team mate Crashtor Malfunctionardo is a disaster in 4 or less wheels most of the time he starts with 4 and ends up with less. He is a Carbon crunching nightmare Lotus will regret taking him on, but I wonder if he has a clause in his contract ensuring he visits the same psychologist that has helped Romain in addition to getting help from a Psychiatrist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders to get him on the same planet as everyone else.

  • Nemo Nobody


    Raikkonen said this sport is a business or that is all about money.
    So, he is driving (good) for money.
    Don’t be naive.

  • Mark Oldfield

    Kimmi is an employee and needs to be paid for his work.No pay,no work.
    Seems fair enough to me.

  • Boycottthebull

    Let’s see what you say when you social support money will be delayed by a quarter or two.

  • PB

    And the Quantum money?

  • matthew

    Quantum is a big fraud, I don’t think there is any $. We all know lotus is desperate, the proof is that they hired crashtor. I hope they got way more than $40 million. I know his sponsor will pay almost anything.

  • JPSmoove

    @matthew…yup! No way you hire Maldonado on to a team that had Lotus’ success this year unless your desperate #1 and he’s got some relief for your desperation #2.

  • sidhu

    @Boycottthebull…..Kimi doesnt need to prove anything. On the other hand Grosjean is grateful that he is being persisted with. So cant compare these two scenarios. There is no question of professionalism here. In fact he showed professionalism for far too long.