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Special to be first Lotus winner since Senna- Grosjean
Sunday 19th August 2012, 14:30 by Ryan Wood
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Romain Grosjean says winning with Lotus and returning the famous marque's name to the top step of the podium would make victory 'even more of a pleasure'.
Lotus, a name synonymous with Formula 1, has existed in the sport since 1958 in various guises, the latest being Lotus F1, formerly Renault, Benetton and Toleman.
The current Lotus has come close to victory on numerous occasions this season, having scored four second place finishes between Grosjean and team-mate Kimi Raikkonen.
Hoping to go one-step further, Grosjean says it would be special to return Lotus to the podium for the first time since Ayrton Senna at the 1987 Detroit Grand Prix.
"I don't think the pressure is greater [to win because of the Lotus name]," the Frenchman told TotalRace. "I think F1 is already filled with pressure. If we win, it will be fantastic for the team personnel at the factory for all we have done since the beginning of the year and all we have achieved.
"And if I was the first driver to win for Lotus since Ayrton Senna, it would be something more to the process and more a cause for happiness. It would be even more of a pleasure."