Romain Grosjean has expressed his desire to drive a race-winning car for the 2015 Formula One season and says his future is open, according to ESPN.
The 28-year-old has been left hugely frustrated by his situation this season, where he has rarely troubled the top ten. This coming the year after he proved himself amongst the best with six podium finishes on his way to seventh place in the 2013 overall standings.
Dip in form
After putting his name on the map it has been difficult for him to have taken time away from the limelight and it is making him think about his future.
He said: "I've been here (with Lotus) for a little bit and I know the team very well. On the other hand I want to win races as well, so things are open.
"What I really want is to win my first Grand Prix and try to become a world champion. That's what I'm going to focus on. I know here we have some very good people, and the team is back to fighting level, and that helps things, so we'll see later."
Grosjean went on to say: "I miss fighting for podiums and I miss drinking champagne on a Sunday afternoon. That's what I want - what all of us want - when you taste it once you want to taste it for a long time."
But Grosjean is wary of the risks involved in switching teams and that a race-winning car can not always be guaranteed, as displayed by his current team who were competitive last season but not any longer. Nico Hulkenburg had hoped to move to Lotus but ended up at Force India, who have been faster despite it originally being his second choice.
McLaren and Ferrari are examples currently where a driver would expect to go and challenge for victories but it doesn't always go as planned.
“You tend to always think that the grass of the neighbour is greener than yours," said Romain.
“Sometimes it is, sometimes it’s not, so every time you change something there’s a risk."
Whether or not it happens in time for the 2015 season, there can be no denying that eventually Grosjean will find himself in a car far more capable than this current Lotus.
There has always been something special about him which was noticeable as a young driver in the junior formulas. A French Formula Renault champion, a Formula Three EuroSeries champion and also a GP2 champion. There are also two GP2 Asia titles to his name. Once he ironed out the mistakes he was making in Formula One, his speed has inevitably shown that he certainly belongs at this level.
Grosjean finds himself 14th in the current Formula One driver standings after a 12th place finish in the British Grand Prix. He has only two top-ten results this season and will be hoping to add to that in order to help Lotus climb from eighth in the constructors' championship.
If he can get the most out of the struggling car then it will certainly attract interest from the calibre of team he wants to race for in the following years and there could possibly be seats available with the likes of Ferrari and McLaren. The German Grand Prix would be a great place to start turning some more heads as the field prepare for tenth race of the season at Hockenheim.
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