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Alonso the key to the driver market - Grosjean

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Romain Grosjean says Fernando Alonso is the key to the driver market and he is waiting on news about the Ferrari driver's future before committing his future to a team.

Earlier this week, Alonso said he intends to stay at Ferrari but rumours have linked him to a move to McLaren before his contract expires at the end of 2016. Grosjean has been in talks with teams other than Lotus, but says he has been waiting over the last few weeks to see if a drive becomes free.

"It's been quite quiet to be fair, nothing crazy," he said. "You have to wait for Ferrari and Alonso and by then the market will have moved. I'm sure you are aware as much as I am, if not more, and so far nothing has moved much.

"You can always do speculation and from what I know all the other drivers have a contract in the big teams. Alonso is the key of the market."

Asked if he'd been in talks with Ferrari he said: "There are always talks and that's why there are managers. There have been a few talks, but you'll just have to wait."

Grosjean is managed by Gravity Sport Management, which is owned by the same company that owns Lotus, Genii. However, he does not think there will be a conflict of interest if he signs for another team.

"It's pretty clear that I can have options to go somewhere else if I want. The strength of Genii is to have a few companies but they don't link interests in between their companies. Yes I'm Gravity and I'm in Lotus and they are part of the same big company, but I think they will still be happy to have me as world champion - it'd still be good for the Gravity image."

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