Lotus rivals want to sign Grosjean claims Lopez

Romain Grosjean was not long ago the bad boy of F1

Romain Grosjean was not long ago the bad boy of F1

Rival teams are interested in signing Romain Grosjean, claims Lotus team owner Gerard Lopez, after the Frenchman turned around his reputation which was at its very lowest a couple of years ago

Lopez says Grosjean, 28, is now a much sought-after driver in the Formula 1 paddock.

“His drives last year meant there were a couple of teams knocking on the door to find out what he was doing, and now we’ve the same this year,” he said.

Lopez admitted Lotus, who lost Kimi Raikkonen to Ferrari over the winter, might similarly struggle to hang onto the on-form Grosjean.

“We don’t have the budget of some of the other teams, so there is a point up until which we will fight,” he said. “But Romain is really happy here, he is part of the family, and I don’t think he is planning on going anywhere.” (GMM)