Contenders that have emerged for the highly valuable race seat at Lotus due to Grosjean's inability to grap his 2nd opportunity with both hands according to highly respected journalist & media outlets:-
4-Others (e.g): Jamie Algesquari, Adrian Sutil, Vitaly Petrov.
The highly rated Finn Heikki Kovalainen is a candidate to replace the fast but inconsistent Romain Grosjean at Lotus, the Finnish broadcaster MTV3 reports.
Germany's Auto Motor und Sport said there is truth behind reports by Tobias Grunen and Michael Schmidt: "Many suspect that Gerard Lopez will persuade Grosjean's sponsor Total to spend more money,"
"But even Total has a problem with this protege. The French oil company has a safety campaign for public roads, and the face of a 'crash driver' doesn't fit."
Kamui Kobayashi has entered the frame as a potential replacement for Romain Grosjean. Journalist Heikki Kulta said Lotus owner Gerard Lopez is wondering if having a more consistent driver alongside Raikkonen.
“Kimi comes at a cost to us,” Lopez is quoted as saying, “but on the other hand he helps us in the manufacturers’ standings, bringing even more money to the team.”
Alain Prost:- “It’s a shame for Romain, as not finishing his season in Brazil very well is a problem, “What’s more important, speed or reliability? That is what Lotus must decide,” he added.
Meanwhile, Brazil’s O Estado de S.Paulo newspaper, Livio Oricchio, claims Lotus is leaving open the second race seat for now amid its negotiations with potential team investors.
Oricchio said Lotus’ talks are with a group of investors involving none other than Bernie Ecclestone, who would promote a “very controversial” new team boss.
“Not Flavio Briatore,” Oricchio insisted.
Edited by BackOnTop, 29 November 2012 - 13:52.