Romain Grosjean admits leaving the Lotus F1 Team at the end of the season will be very emotional, especially after being involved with the team for a decade.
The Frenchman was agreed a move to the new Haas F1 Team for the 2016 season, and admits it took a lot of thinking to make the move rather than stay for another season with Lotus, which looks increasingly likely they will be the Renault factory team next year.
Grosjean feels proud of his achievements with the team, having taken ten podium finishes during his time at Enstone, and has not ruled out returning to the squad in the future.
“I’m headed to a new team and a new and very different challenge in 2016 – it’s true – but it’s going to be very emotional for me to leave the team that I’ve been part of for so long,” revealed Grosjean.
“I’ve worked with Enstone for 10 years, we had ten podiums together and I took part in nearly 80 races… I have to say that the people at Enstone are the strongest group of people ever to keep pushing no matter what the circumstances. I had to think long and hard for the next step of my career.
“Part of my heart will absolutely always be with Enstone where I’ve grown and experienced so much over the years. I can remember turning up in September 2005 at the front gate, not speaking English and being very shy. Some of the people I met that day are still there.
“I’m turning a new leaf in my book but it doesn’t mean that it’s the end of the book so why not come back to Enstone one day to become World Champion with the team! Leaving Enstone at the end of the season won’t be easy… I promised everyone some beers in December when I come to say goodbye to the factory.
“Until then we’ve got five races left yet this season and I’m absolutely determined to end my time with the greatest high possible.”