Romain Grosjean expects to retain Lotus position


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Romain Grosjean sees no reason why he will not be partnering Kimi Raikkonen for a second season at Lotus next year.

Earlier this week Lotus confirmed Raikkonen had signed a new one-year deal following a successful return to Formula One after two years competing in rallies and NASCAR.

Lotus, however, made no mention of French driver Grosjean, perhaps unsurprising given the errors he has made this year and penalties incurred.

After two races without incident, it may be Lotus are waiting until the end of the campaign to ensure Grosjean has learned lessons and they can again trust him for the future.

Grosjean, 26, is confident of his seat for 2013 as he said: "With the team we're happy together, they've put a lot of confidence and faith in me during a hard time.

"I'm showing them I'm working and improving and trying to sort out all the problems, whilst keeping my speed.

"But there is no reason that it goes bad for the future."

Grosjean has confirmed Lotus kept him informed of Raikkonen's deal, and that it "didn't come as a surprise".

When Lotus will make an announcement with regard to his own position is open to question, with Grosjean adding: "I've no idea, to be honest.

"(Team principal) Eric Boullier is better placed than me to answer that."