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Romain Grosjean – Profile

Romain Grosjean was born in Geneva, Switzerland.

Driver Summary

Name Romain Grosjean
Country France France
First Race European Grand Prix Aug 23rd 2009
Last Race Brazilian Grand Prix Nov 25th 2012
Best Qualifying 2 - Hungarian Grand Prix Jul 29th 2012
Best Result 2 - Canadian Grand Prix Jun 10th 2012
First Podium Bahrain Grand Prix Apr 22nd 2012
Last Podium Hungarian Grand Prix Jul 29th 2012

Early Career

In 2003 Romain moved onto single-seater racing from earlier karting competitions. He competed in Formula Renault securing 6 wins and the Swiss title.

The following year he competes in the French and European Formula Renault championships. He wins once and secures three more podiums. The next year in the same two series he dominates the French contest, winning it with 10 victories. He secures two podiums at European level.

2006 saw him graduate to Formula Three. He wins twice on his home turf in France and finishes the European championship in 13th place.

The next year he improves again and, with 6 wins, 6 podiums and 4 pole positions, he wins the championship.

In 2008 he races for ART Grand Prix in GP2 Asia. He takes the title with four wins. In the main GP2 Series he’s a forerunner. He combines GP2 duty with Renault F1 test driving.

Formula One Debut

In 2009 he is Renault’s 3rd driver. He’s promoted to race seat alongside Alonso for August’s European Grand Prix. His best qualifying spot is 12th in Italy and his best finish 13th in Brazil. He had a number of collisions and accidents and complained of rain and temperature problems, brake problems, grip and tyre issues, traffic and yellow flags.

He learned a great deal in this tumultuous first season. Renault did not retain him for 2010.

Hiatus

After leaving Formula One, Grosjean became involved in sportscar racing. He drove in the inaugural FIA GT1 World Championship. He took two FIA GT wins and led the standings after the first three rounds of the season.

He made his debut in the famous Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race in 2010 but was forced to retire from the race after 171 laps.

In 2011 and 2010 he returned to GP2 with the DAMS team.

Grosjean returned to GP2 full-time with DAMS for the 2011 GP2 Series and 2011 GP2 Asia Series seasons. He clinched the 2011 championship at the penultimate round at Spa-Francorchamps.

Return to Formula One

At the start of 2011, Grosjean returned to the newly branded Lotus Renault GP team as one of five test drivers.

In late October 2011, Lotus Renault announced that Grosjean would drive in the Friday practice session in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and the Brazilian Grand Prix.

2012 and onward

On 9 December 2011, it was announced that Grosjean would make his comeback to Formula One in 2012, taking the second seat at the newly renamed Lotus F1 Team (formerly Renault, the team that Grosjean raced with in 2009) alongside 2007 World Champion Kimi Räikkönen.

At the 2012 Bahrain Grand Prix he finished third, collecting his first Formula One podium.

In Spain Grosjean started third, finished fourth and set his first fastest lap in Formula One.

At the 2012 Canadian Grand Prix, he collected his second F1 podium with a career best finish of second, behind Lewis Hamilton.

He has still to fully shake the accidents and mishaps that plagued his F1 debut. In fact he has a bit of a reputation as a ‘first lap nutcase’ due to the number of incidents he is involved in or indeed causes, out of the blocks.

Incidents include a collision at Spa where Grosjean caused a multicar pile-up at the start of the race. He earned a ban for that one.

In spite of this, it has been confirmed Grosjean will stay at Lotus for the 2013 season.

Romain Grosjean F1 Race Results And Qualifying Performances

Year Race No Team Engine Grid Pos Retired Pts
26 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix 10 Lotus Renault 18 Ret Accident 0
25 2012 United States Grand Prix 10 Lotus Renault 8 7 6
24 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 10 Lotus Renault 9 Ret Collision 0
23 2012 Indian Grand Prix 10 Lotus Renault 11 9 2
22 2012 Korean Grand Prix 10 Lotus Renault 7 7 6
21 2012 Japanese Grand Prix 10 Lotus Renault 4 19 0
20 2012 Singapore Grand Prix 10 Lotus Renault 8 7 6
19 2012 Belgian Grand Prix 10 Lotus Renault 8 Ret Collision 0
18 2012 Hungarian Grand Prix 10 Lotus Renault 2 3 15
17 2012 German Grand Prix 10 Lotus Renault 19 18 0
16 2012 British Grand Prix 10 Lotus Renault 9 6 8
15 2012 European Grand Prix 10 Lotus Renault 4 Ret Alternator 0
14 2012 Canadian Grand Prix 10 Lotus Renault 7 2 18
13 2012 Monaco Grand Prix 10 Lotus Renault 4 Ret Collision 0
12 2012 Spanish Grand Prix 10 Lotus Renault 3 4 12
11 2012 Bahrain Grand Prix 10 Lotus Renault 7 3 15
10 2012 Chinese Grand Prix 10 Lotus Renault 10 6 8
9 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix 10 Lotus Renault 6 Ret Spun off 0
8 2012 Australian Grand Prix 10 Lotus Renault 3 Ret Collision 0
7 2009 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 8 Renault Renault 19 18 0
6 2009 Brazilian Grand Prix 8 Renault Renault 13 13 0
5 2009 Japanese Grand Prix 8 Renault Renault 17 16 0
4 2009 Singapore Grand Prix 8 Renault Renault 18 Ret Brakes 0
3 2009 Italian Grand Prix 8 Renault Renault 12 15 0
2 2009 Belgian Grand Prix 8 Renault Renault 19 Ret Collision 0
1 2009 European Grand Prix 8 Renault Renault 14 15 0

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