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MOTORSPORT: Hulkenberg ready to join Lotus
10:00am Wednesday 16th October 2013 in Sport
The Enstone-based Lotus Formula 1 team are on the brink of naming Romain Grosjean and Nico Hulkenberg as their driver pairing for next season.
Grosjean had another sterling drive in the Japanese Grand Prix to finish third behind a Red Bull one-two as Sebastian Vettel led home Mark Webber for his fifth consecutive win.
In the early stages at Suzuka, Grosjean even suggested a win was on the cards as he led for 26 of the opening 28 laps around the first pit stop.
Vettel’s pace and Red Bull’s strategy, however, were too much for Grosjean.
Despite that, the Frenchman is proving he is ready to lead the team with Kimi Raikkonen heading to Ferrari.
Grosjean has out-qualified Raikkonen at five of the last six races, and was comfortably ahead of the Finn in Japan.