Grosjean: I want to win races and soon

Romain Grosjean walks the track with his crew

Romain Grosjean walks the Hungaroring track with his crew

With his Lotus future not certain, Romain Grosjean could be targeting a move up the Formula 1 grid as he is keen to win races but at the same time is in no rush to make a decision.

The Enstone based team is sticking with its other driver, Pastor Maldonado, whose sponsor PDVSA brings millions in crucial backing.

Frenchman Grosjean’s Lotus connections, however, are fading – manager Eric Boullier has gone to McLaren, while Renault and oil partner Total are set to be replaced by a new Mercedes deal.

But Grosjean may also be the target of teams higher up the grid, having firmly dispensed with his ‘first lap nutcase’ reputation.

“You always think about the future, it’s natural,” La Gazzetta dello Sport quoted Grosjean, 28, as saying ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix. “I want to win races, and soon. I will evaluate every opportunity, but right now I just want to find the best setup for this race in Hungary.”

Romain Grosjean during the German Grand Prix

Romain Grosjean during the German Grand Prix

Grosjean’s name, however, has already been strongly linked with the now Boullier-run McLaren.

“With the arrival of Honda, it could be interesting,” he said, “but there are many prestigious teams like Ferrari, a myth, and also Mercedes is very strong.”

And what about Williams? The Grove based team is arguably now the second best on the 2014 grid, and while Valtteri Bottas is riding a wave of form, Felipe Massa is not as happy.

When asked about Williams’ 2014 form, Grosjean told RMC Sport: “They have been a big surprise. They were in huge trouble last season, but this year they have a car that works beautifully.”

But when asked about his plans for 2015, Grosjean insisted that he is in no hurry, “There is no fire on the lake, as we say in Switzerland,”. At the moment, I am focused on what I can do with the car, while the managers are allowed to discuss.” (GMM)