Lotus to keep driver line-up

Eric Boullier says team will stay 'pretty much the same'

By William Esler.   Last Updated: 29/09/12 6:00pm

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Eric Boullier: Says driver line-up will stay the same for 2013 season

Eric Boullier: Says driver line-up will stay the same for 2013 season

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Lotus look set to stick with Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean in 2013 after Team Principal Eric Boullier revealed their driver line-up will be "pretty much the same".

Raikkonen has enjoyed a successful return to Formula 1 after two years spent rallying and is still in the title hunt.

Grosjean, on the other hand, has shown flashes of pace mixed in with occasional incidents - including being handed a one race ban for causing a first corner crash in Belgium.

Asked by the official F1 website about his 2013 line-up, Boullier said: "I think it will look pretty much the same as what we have this season. With Kimi we have a two-year contract, with an option."

When asked if Raikkonen was happy to remain with the Enstone team Boullier stressed: "First of all you need to make sure that your drivers want to race for you and that should answer your question. I would say that Kimi feels very good here"

Despite still being in with a shot of catching Fernando Alonso in the Drivers' Championship, Boullier has set his sights on the runners up spot.

"In an ideal world we would finish second in the Drivers' Championship," he added. "And we would deserve it. Everybody in this team would deserve that position."

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