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Grosjean: Lotus will step up next year

Tuesday 12-August-2014 13:57

Romain Grosjean is confident Lotus will be in much better shape in 2015, saying they can take a leaf out of Jenson Button's book.

Having impressed during the 2013 campaign, this year has been a difficult one for Grosjean and Lotus with the Frenchman scoring only eight points during the 11 races to date.

Many believe that most of the Enstone squad's struggles are down to the Renault engine and Grosjean feels they can all learn a thing or two from Button, who experienced similar problems during the 2008 season with Honda. However, once the Brackley-based squad, which went under the Brawn GP guise in 2009, switched to Mercedes engines, they won the Championship.

There have been reports that Lotus could swap Renault for Mercedes next year and Grosjean believes a better power unit will help the team.

"I am 99.99% confident that the team is going to be better next year, not even speaking about the engine, just because it has been a transition year," Grosjean said. "It has been difficult and we were starting on the back foot and next year everything's going to be in a better shape. So even removing any power unit questions it's going to be better.

"If you look at Jenson [Button] in 2008 he was very much struggling with Honda and then changed to Brawn, which was the same team with a different name, and he was World Champion. It's the same for [Fernando] Alonso, he had very good years and he had difficult years, and it's part of your career, you have to accept that and not get too frustrated.

"Sometimes it's hard because you are a competitor and you want to win races, fight at the front and you want things to go better. Sometimes they don't go better but you accept that it is going to be tough and go from there."

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