Lotus trackside operations director Alan Permane feels Romain Grosjean is making a strong case to be the team leader next year…
Lotus trackside operations director Alan Permane feels Romain Grosjean is making a strong case to be the team leader next year.
Grosjean has played second fiddle to Kimi Raikkonen over the past two seasons, but the team will need to come up with a new strategy next year as the Finn is heading to Ferrari.
The Enstone squad are yet to name their drivers for next season and the likes of Felipe Massa and Nico Hulkenberg have been mentioned as possible team-mates for the Frenchman.
Asked if Grosjean could lead the team in 2014, Permane told ESPNF1: “I don’t see why not, honestly. It obviously depends who we get as his team-mate; if it’s a strong character or who it is, but I don’t see why not.
“Now is his chance and he looks to be taking it, which is really good to see.”
Grosjean had a frustrating race day in Singapore over the weekend as he started P3 on the grid, but was forced to retire due to a problem with the E21.
However, the 27-year-old has done well in recent races and Permane says he has proved that he has the potential to deliver.
“I think Romain himself has made – I wouldn’t call it a breakthrough – but since the Nurburgring, Hungary, he’s just been getting better and better and better,” he said.
“When it counted [in Singapore] he had a difficult Friday, he had a few car problems and didn’t run a great deal, but he had an excellent Saturday. We knew we had the potential to do well and he delivered, and I think for his head that will be very, very important. He’ll know that he can do it.”