Lotus trackside operations director Alan Permane feels Romain Grosjean is making a strong case to be the team leader next year.
Grosjean has played second fiddle to Kimi Raikkonen over the past two seasons, but the team will need to come up with a new strategy next year as the Finn is heading to Ferrari.
The Enstone squad are yet to name their drivers for next season and the likes of Felipe Massa and Nico Hulkenberg have been mentioned as possible team-mates for the Frenchman.
Asked if Grosjean could lead the team in 2014, Permane told NF1: "I don't see why not, honestly. It obviously depends who we get as his team-mate; if it's a strong character or who it is, but I don't see why...
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