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Lotus retain Grosjean for 2013 season

The Frenchman was just confirmed as driver for next season and will partner again with Kimi Raikkonen.
Monday, December 17, 2012

PARIS, Dec 17, 2012 (AFP) - Formula One team Lotus signed up talented if sometimes reckless French driver Romain Grosjean for another season on Monday ending several weeks of speculation over his future.

The 26-year-old Swiss-born pilot, who made his debut in Formula One in 2009, finished a respectable eighth in last season's championship with a total of 96 points.

He finished in the top three three times but also featured in several crashes.

The most notable and perhaps costly one was at the beginning of the Belgian Grand Prix which claimed among its victims Spaniard Fernando Alonso, who was to go on and finish second in the world title race, just three points behind Sebastian Vettel.

Grosjean's recklessness in that collision resulted in a one race suspension - however, he was to go on and take Australian Mark Webber out of the Japanese Grand Prix at the start, though, this time he escaped censure.

His future had been in some doubt since he crashed out on the sixth lap of the season-ending Brazil Grand Prix, though, overall Lotus could look back on a successful season as they finished fourth overall in the constructors championships with 303 points.

"It's fantastic for me to be continuing with Lotus F1 Team for 2013," Grosjean explained. "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. There are a lot of exciting developments occurring behind the scenes at Enstone and I am very excited with the prospect of the E21.

"I've already had my seat fitting and spoken with all the personnel involved with the build of the new car; I just can't wait to get behind the wheel."

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