Romain Grosjean hopes that his partner, and Championship contender, Kimi Raikkonen stays with the Lotus team next year.
However, if the Iceman does leave, Romain feels he's ready to lead the Lotus team.
Kimi has been heavily linked to a move away from the Lotus team after this year, and although the Red Bull talks have not worked out he still has options, as reported by his manager. Romain is however, hopeful that the former world champion will stay with the team.
"I always said that losing Kimi would be a loss for the team," Grosjean said, talking to ESPN.
"He's very good to have, he's a world champion and he's good to have as a team-mate. We push each other to the limit, but if he leaves then we still have to do the job to try to win races and score a lot of points.
"At the moment I think we have a good way of working both together, but if he leaves then I will be more than happy to get the lead and try to keep Lotus where it is or still improve."
The Frenchman has been heavily criticised for his dangerous driving, particularly after the Belgian GP of 2012, where he caused a heavy first lap accident and was subsequently handed a one race ban.
He was in the news again when he shunted Red-Bull-hopeful Daniel Riccirado's Toro Rosso in Monco earlier this year, resulting in a 10 place penalty for the next race.
Talking about his up and down form this season, which has ranged from absolute brilliance in Hungary and Germany, to very poor in Monaco, he had this to say:
"We had a decent run since Bahrain where we found out what I didn't like that was on the car at the start of the season. Then we had a little bit of bad luck, I had a bad Monaco - that was my side - but I think I was getting better and better and in the last two races we were fighting for victory, which is always good.
"The car was performing well in qualy [qualifying] and in the race so I'm happy with that, happy with the progress we are making and the updates the team are bringing. I'm just trying to do my best and giving 100% all the time."
Romain currently sits eighth in the Championship with 49 points, the last of the top four team drivers.
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