Lotus stick with Grosjean

  • Last Updated: December 17 2012, 19:44 GMT

Lotus have confirmed that Romain Grosjean will remain at the team next season as part of an unchanged line-up alongside Kimi Raikkonen.

Romain Grosjean: Staying with Lotus

Lotus announced last month that Finn Raikkonen had signed a new one-year deal but at the time made no mention of French driver Grosjean, who produced some impressive displays in 2012 but also made a number of errors in what was his first full campaign in Formula One.

However, the Enstone-based team tonight confirmed the 26-year-old Grosjean, who finished eighth in the drivers' championship after earning podium finishes in Bahrain, Canada and Hungary, would be back racing for Lotus next year.

Team principal Eric Boullier said: "Romain is a great talent and we are pleased that he is continuing with us for a second season.

"With the continuity of two exceptional drivers like Romain and Kimi we are well placed to build on our strong 2012 with even better results in the year ahead.

"Both drivers worked very well together in their first year as team-mates, and I think there is the potential of even better things from the season ahead. We were regular visitors to podiums in 2012 and we certainly intend to continue with this trend in 2013."

Grosjean added: "It's fantastic for me to be continuing with Lotus F1 team for 2013. It's superb to have the support of everyone at Enstone.

"I'm really looking forward to rewarding their faith when we take to the track in Australia. I learnt a lot in my first full season in Formula 1 and my aim is to put these lessons into practice with stronger and more consistent performance on track next year."

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