Lopez hints at all new 2012 Lotus lineup

6 December, 2011

(L to R): Vitaly Petrov (RUS) Lotus Renault GP with Bruno Senna (BRA) Lotus Renault GP and Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus Renault GP Third Driver.

Lotus renault candidates Vitaly Petrov, Bruno Senna and Romain Grosjean

Dec.6 (GMM) Team owner Gerard Lopez has confirmed reports Lotus could change its Formula 1 driver lineup completely ahead of the 2012 season.

Already signed up for next year is Kimi Raikkonen, amid reports 2011 drivers Bruno Senna and Vitaly Petrov are the main contenders to be the famous Finn’s teammate.

“It’s not just a question of Vitaly or Bruno,” clarified majority team owner Genii Capital’s Lopez.

Other reports say reserve driver and new GP2 champion Romain Grosjean – whose career is handled by Genii’s management arm Gravity – as well as likely Force India refugee Adrian Sutil, are also in the running.

“We will make a decision fairly quickly,” Lopez told RTL Luxembourg radio.

He seemed to indicate that Brazilian Senna, who was drafted in mid-season to replace injured Robert Kubica’s initial substitute Nick Heidfeld, is not the favourite.

“From the second half of the season we had two young drivers in Vitaly and Bruno,” he said.

“They are really good drivers, but the huge problem at the moment is the little testing in formula one. We do not have time to build up young drivers.”


  • Uday Motwani

    Out of the 4 possible drivers, is there anyone who thinks that Sutil is not the best option to partner Raikkonen! The courtcase can stand aside & if Renault want to give a tough fight to the top 4 teams then the pairing of Sutil & Raikonnen will surely help develop the car as well as make it a 5 team battle next year! Just so very hope Sutil joins Renaul as it’s high time he go a drive with a bigger team!

  • Bob

    Watch Rubens get the job alongside Kimi. Watch!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Bulldog

    Bruno in HRT or nothing. He cries alot but less talent.

  • Sennauno

    @ Uday Motwani

    Sutil joining Eric Lux at Lotus????? wouldnt the sh*t hit the fan? they’d throw bottles at eachother man…thats crazy! Unless Boulier convinces Lux to drop the charges…

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