Romain Grosjean admits it would be hard to reject a return to the Enstone-based Renault works team in the future, despite only recently signing for the new-for-2106 Haas F1 Team.
The Frenchman had spent his entire Formula 1 career at Enstone, having originally signed to the Driver Development scheme in 2006/07, before making his race debut replacing Nelson Piquet Jr at the Singapore Grand Prix in 2009.
After being dropped at the end of that season, Grosjean rebuilt his career by winning the Auto GP and GP2 Series championships before returning to the Enstone team, now with the Lotus F1 Team moniker, in 2012, and despite some low points including the infamous Belgian Grand Prix start line crash that earned him a one-race ban, the Frenchman secured ten podiums with the team.
“Enstone is a big chapter of my life,” said Grosjean to Autosport. “The people there are friends and family and I know every corner of the factory.
“Some years, I was even there for Christmas. When I lived in the UK, I went there on December 24 with my brother-in-law. It was hard to leave but we won’t be too far down the paddock.
“And who knows? Maybe in three or four years’ time, they produce a world championship winning car and they call me and say let’s win together. That would be ideal. As a Frenchman that would be huge.”