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'Financial trouble' delaying Grosjean's future

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Romain Grosjean's future remains unclear as Lotus tries to finalise a deal with Quantum Motorsports © Sutton Images

Romain Grosjean says there has been no progress over his future with Lotus while the team sorts out "financial trouble".

Lotus has already lost Kimi Raikkonen to Ferrari for 2014 and with Grosjean delivering consistent strong performances in recent races he's been heavily tipped to keep his seat. However, team principal Eric Boullier needs clearance to sign next year's drivers and Grosjean admits his future is on hold.

"No, there is no announcement or anything," Grosjean said. "Everything is open for the future, I feel good here but I think they are trying to solve the financial trouble and it puts everything else on the back foot.

"I'm pretty happy to be here, but open as well. You never know what the future is, but so far I feel good here. I hope we can move forward quickly."

Asked how long he would be willing to wait for Lotus to make a decision, Grosjean said his experience in 2012 had taught him to be patient.

"I think I waited until the 16th of December last year so hopefully less than that because I've planned holidays before that; it would nice to go on holiday with my future sorted! I'm not in a rush; I would be lying if I said having a contract signed would be easy. It's always better to know what you're doing in the future but so far I enjoy the races, I do my best and that's all I can do.

"It's the game of the sport in general. Yes, it would be terrible if it was forced on me to leave Formula One, but what else could I do? I drive my best, I've had some good races, good results and I'm open to discussions, but so far nothing."

Grosjean also said that potentially becoming the team's lead driver in 2014 wasn't an added incentive at this stage of his career.

"I would like to become world champion one day and to achieve that you need to be the leader. That's what I'm trying to work on and improve myself to achieve that, but I don't think I need more motivation."

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