Lotus F1’s trackside operations chief, Alan Permane has admitted Romain Grosjean’s departure from the Enstone squad will be a big loss for the team. The Frenchman is expected to move to American outfit, Haas F1 team for the 2016 season.
The Frenchman has had a bright career at Lotus, he joined the squad as a full time race driver at the beginning of 2012, and ever since has been scoring points and podiums in several occasions. The Frenchman is still hungry for his first F1 victory, as the Frenchman believes it is more than possible at Haas.
Permane knows Grosjean is a ‘huge asset’ to the team, as he is very experiences, nonetheless has put in some sterling qualifying and race performances. It has been a financially difficult year for the team so far, and is believed to been bought out by Renault already. Last year saw a complete slump in car performance and development. In 2012 and 2013 the Lotus was utterly relentless, it scored two grand prix victories over the two years, with several podiums for both Grosjean and Raikkonen.
Jolyon Palmer currently stands favorite to replace the Frenchman, Palmer has made several FP1 appearances for the team.
“I couldn’t have asked for more from him, he qualified well and raced perfectly.
“If he is going, which I am assuming he is, of course he will be a loss.
“He would be an asset to any team with his experience – and he’s quick. So yeah, he will be a loss.
“He fits in very well, he’s been here a long time so that has made things an awful lot easier – and that is not to be underestimated.”