Romain Grosjean says will “race his heart out” during what will be an emotional final race of the 2015 season, because it also marks his final race for the Lotus F1 Team.
The Frenchman made his Formula 1 debut with Renault in 2008 before taking a two year sabbatical. He then returned to the same team in 2011, though by then it had been renamed Lotus with new owners.
For 2016, Grosjean will join upstart Haas alongside Mexico’s Esteban Gutierrez for the teams debut season, but before that, he is keen to end his time at Lotus on a high.
“Of course the priority over the race weekend is to score as many points as possible, but it will be quite poignant to be having my last meetings, meals, track walk and other things with the team,” he told the official Formula 1 website.
“I’ve shared so many good and also so many character-building times through my years at Enstone so we’ll have some good laughs,” he added.
“Of course, before I leave Enstone I will make a visit to the factory to see all the people I’ve worked with over so many years. I’m sure that will be an emotional day.”
For the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi, Grosjean intends to give it everything.
“I’ll be fighting all the way,” he said. “There’s no point holding back in the race or over the weekend. It’s the last time the E23s will be used in race action so I’ll be looking to give my car a good send off.
“The engine will be turned up to eleven, I’ll be racing my heart out and I know all the guys and girls at Enstone want to see a great end to the season.”