Italy

Last Race: 07th Sep Italy

Italy GP Results
Pos Driver
1 Lewis Hamilton
2 Nico Rosberg
3 Felipe Massa

Lotus: Drivers can stop sniffing around

Wednesday 17th July 2013

 RSS

Share:

Lotus: Drivers can stop sniffing around

Lotus: Drivers can stop sniffing around

Owner Gerard Lopez has warned drivers who are sniffing around for a 2014 race seat at Lotus that they would be better off looking somewhere else.

Lotus have made no secret of the fact that they want to tie Kimi Raikkonen down to a long-term deal, but the Finn could be partnering Sebastian Vettel next year if Red Bull's bosses have their way.

Added to that, Romain Grosjean's future at the team is always up for discussion as he is once again proving to be very inconsistent. While Raikkonen is fighting for the World Championship, with the odds for that just one of many F1 betting markets on offer from Titan Bet, the Frenchman has picked up only 41 points.

The Enstone squad, though, are determined to hang onto both their drivers.

Asked by Autosport what Grosjean needs to do to stay at Lotus, he replied: "Romain just needs to keep doing what he is doing now.

"There are a lot of drivers and agents sniffing around - but they are sniffing around just as much to replace Romain as they are to replace Kimi going somewhere else. But we are not in a rush to do anything."

Grosjean's odds of winning the next race on the calendar, the Hungarian GP, have shortened though after his P3 in Germany.

However, if Lotus do find themselves in the market for drivers next season then they won't just look at any old racer.

"It is important to have a good driver," Lopez said. "I don't care if he is a World Champion or not.

"Kimi probably could have won more World Championships that he did, or he could have lost the one he won at the last minute.

"I don't care either way: he is a just a really, really good driver.

"I wouldn't have somebody with 10, 11 or even 12 titles if they were not good enough."

Formula 1 Arrives In Singapore

Editor's Picks

Getting To Know Mr Marchionne

Getting To Know Mr Marchionne

Ferrari fans needn't be worried about new boss Sergio Marchionne - he comes with a pedigree of turning round businesses...

Highlights Of Luca's Tenure

Highlights Of Luca's Tenure

Luca di Montezemolo is Ferrari through and through, from spending time as Enzo Ferrari's assistant to assuming control in 1991...

Tin Foil Hats At The Ready

Tin Foil Hats At The Ready

Twice this season Lewis Hamilton has accused Nico Rosberg of deliberately making a mistake. Was Monza number three?

Winners and Losers: Italian GP

Winners and Losers: Italian GP

Andrew Davies tuned into the latest episode of the 'Lewis vs Nico' drama, and he wasn't disappointed...

PlanetF1 Fantasy League

PlanetF1 Fantasy League

The season may be underway but you can still enter the PlanetF1 Fantasy League and win prizes on a race-by-race basis...