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Lotus admits battle to keep Grosjean and fears with rival teams pressure

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Lotus F1 team boss Gerard Lopez admits that rival team bidding Romain Grosjean, so he under pressure to keep him for next season.

After an unstable 2012 during which Grosjean was involved in a number of crashes and ended up serving a one-race ban, the Frenchman has since turned his career around.

Five races in and in Spain Romain Grosjean scored his, and his team’s, first points of the season. And his aggression and recklessness, the youngster was one of the true stars of 2013.

Speaking to Press Association ahead of this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix, Lopez concedes he may face a fight this year to keep Grosjean as he said: ‘We don’t have the budget of some of the other teams, so there is a point up until which we will fight.

‘But Romain is really happy here, he is part of the family, and I don’t think he is planning on going anywhere.

‘His drives last year meant there were a couple of teams knocking on the door to find out what he was doing, and now we’ve the same this year.

‘I’m not saying Romain is going, but what I am saying is that here is a driver who was criticised, and now suddenly people are saying he is a driver who could pretty much drive for any team.’

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