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Romain Grosjean
Romain Grosjean 2009 Japan 2.jpg
Grosjean at the 2009 Japanese Grand Prix
Nationality France French
Formula One World Championship career
Active years 2009
Teams Renault
Races 7
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 2009 European Grand Prix
Last race 2009 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Romain Grosjean
Nationality France French
Date of birth April 17, 1986 (1986-04-17) (age 23)
Place of birth Geneva (Switzerland)
GP2 Series
Years active 200809
Teams ART Grand Prix
Barwa Addax
Starts 32
Wins 4
Poles 4
Fastest laps 4
Best finish 4th in 2008, 2009
Previous series
2008
200607
2004-05
2004-05
2003
GP2 Asia Series
Formula Three Euroseries
Formula Renault Eurocup
French Formula Renault
Swiss Formula Renault 1.6
Championship titles
2008
2007
2005
2003
GP2 Asia Series
Formula Three Euroseries
French Formula Renault
Swiss Formula Renault 1.6

Romain Grosjean (born April 17, 1986 in Geneva, Switzerland) is a Formula One racing driver, who holds dual nationality from France and Switzerland,[1][2] but competes under a French racing licence.[3] He was the 2007 Formula Three Euroseries drivers' champion and the inaugural GP2 Asia Series champion.

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Early racing career

Grosjean won all ten rounds of the 2003 Swiss Formula Renault 1.6 championship and moved to the French Formula Renault championship for 2004.[2]

He was seventh in that first season with one win and champion in 2005 with ten victories. Grosjean also appeared in the Formula Renault Eurocup and finished on the podium twice in Valencia.[2]

With his results and potential in the Formula Renault series, Romain joined the Renault Driver Development programme for the continuation of his career.[4]

Formula Three

Grosjean made his F3 debut at the demanding Macau Guia circuit, standing in for Loic Duval at Signature-Plus. He qualified 19th and raced to ninth, beating team-mates Fabio Carbone and Guillaume Moreau.[2]

He did a full season in the Formula Three Euroseries in 2006 but had a tough year, taking only one podium finish and ending the year 13th. But in a one-off appearance in the British Formula Three Championship he started on pole position for both races at Pau, won both and set fastest lap in each.[2]

He stayed in the F3 Euroseries for 2007 but stepped up to ASM Formule 3, for which Jamie Green, Lewis Hamilton, and Paul di Resta won the previous three titles.[2] Sébastien Buemi led the championship in the early stages but Grosjean moved ahead with a victory in the ninth race of the season at Mugello.[5] He maintained a lead in the standings from that point onwards and won the title at the final round of the year with one race in hand.[6]

Grosjean took pole position for the prestigious Masters of F3 race at Zolder but finished 14th after stalling at the start.[7]

GP2 Series

Grosjean driving for ART Grand Prix at the Silverstone round of the 2008 GP2 Series season.

Grosjean drove for ART in the inaugural GP2 Asia Series season alongside Stephen Jelley, winning both races of the first round of the championship. He went on to win the championship with four race victories and sixty-one points overall.

He stayed with ART Grand Prix team for the 2008 GP2 Series season.[8] His team-mates were Luca Filippi[9] and Sakon Yamamoto.

In the first round at the Circuit de Catalunya Grosjean started 11th after engine problems in qualifying. He rose through the field to finish fifth in the feature race, giving him fourth on the grid for the shorter sprint race.[10] After a good start Grosjean was up to second and then passed Kobayashi for the lead. But Grosjean made a mistake on a late rolling restart and Kobayashi tried to pass him again for the lead. Grosjean moved across on Kobayashi to keep the position but the stewards decided his defensive move was illegal and gave him a drive-through penalty dropping him to 13th at the end of the race.[11] Victory in the sprint race at Istanbul, the fourth round of the season, moved Grosjean into second place in the championship.[12] Despite dropping back from this position, he finished the season fourth and achieved the distinction of being the highest-placed rookie in the championship.

2008 Formula Three Euroseries season champion Nico Hülkenberg joined Pastor Maldonado at ART for 2009, forcing Grosjean out of the team. Nonetheless, Renault placed him at 2008 team champions Campos Grand Prix for 2009, now known as Barwa Addax.[13] Despite missing the last four rounds, Grosjean finished fourth in the championship standings.

Formula One

Grosjean made his Formula One debut at the 2009 European Grand Prix.

Grosjean was confirmed as Renault's test driver for 2008, replacing Nelson Piquet, Jr., who graduated to a race seat.[14] He drove a Formula One car for the first time at the UK round of the 2008 World Series by Renault weekend at Silverstone on June 7 and June 8, 2008, where he gave a number of demonstrations of the previous year's R27 car. He initially continued in the test driver role at Renault for 2009, but took over Piquet's seat from the European Grand Prix onwards.[15] Grosjean qualified 14th at the European Grand Prix in 2009. He was knocked out of Q2 0.323 seconds off the pace of team mate Fernando Alonso. After the final round in Abu Dhabi news reports had doubts that Grosjean would keep his seat into 2010, On January 31, 2010 Renault F1 confirmed that Grosjean's former GP2 team mate at the Addax Team, Vitaly Petrov will be the team's second driver alongside Robert Kubica for the 2010 season leaving him without a drive for 2010.

Personal life

Apart from being a racing driver, Grosjean has a job at a bank in his home town Geneva.[16]

Racing record

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Complete GP2 Series results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 DC Points
2008 ART Grand Prix ESP
FEA

5
ESP
SPR

13
TUR
FEA

2
TUR
SPR

1
MON
FEA

Ret
MON
SPR

10
FRA
FEA

Ret
FRA
SPR

Ret
GBR
FEA

5
GBR
SPR

8
GER
FEA

2
GER
SPR

4
HUN
FEA

17
HUN
SPR

12
EUR
FEA

3
EUR
SPR

Ret
BEL
FEA

1
BEL
SPR

9
ITA
FEA

4
ITA
SPR

3
4th 62
2009 Barwa Addax ESP
FEA

1
ESP
SPR

2
MON
FEA

1
MON
SPR

17
TUR
FEA

Ret
TUR
SPR

12
GBR
FEA

5
GBR
SPR

4
GER
FEA

18
GER
SPR

5
HUN
FEA

10
HUN
SPR

4
VAL
FEA

VAL
SPR

BEL
FEA

BEL
SPR

ITA
FEA

ITA
SPR

POR
FEA

POR
SPR

4th 45

Complete GP2 Asia Series results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 DC Points
2008 ART Grand Prix DUB1
FEA

1
DUB1
SPR

1
IDN
FEA

4
IDN
SPR

4
MYS
FEA

9
MYS
SPR

2
BHR
FEA

1
BHR
SPR

Ret
DUB2
FEA

1
DUB2
SPR

Ret
1st 61

Complete Formula One results

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 WDC Points
2009 ING Renault F1 Team Renault R29 Renault RS27 2.4 V8 AUS MAL CHN BHR ESP MON TUR GBR GER HUN EUR
15
BEL
Ret
ITA
15
23rd 0
Renault F1 Team SIN
Ret
JPN
16
BRA
13
ABU
18

References

  1. ^ Domenjoz, Luc (2008-07-06). "Romain Grosjean en route vers la F1" (in French). Le Matin.ch. Edipresse Publications SA. http://archives.lematin.ch/LM/LMD/4sports/article-2008-07-177/ce-romain-est-un-helvete. Retrieved 2009-08-09. "Fin 2005, bien aidé par sa licence française de pilote (il bénéficie de la double nationalité, par sa mère française), le Genevois signe un contrat avec le RDD, le Renault Driver Development (At the end of 2005, helped by his French racing license (he benefits from dual nationality thanks to his French mother), the Genevan signed a contract with RDD, Renault Driver Development)" 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Meet the rookies: Romain Grosjean". F1Fanatic.co.uk. 2007. http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/2007/08/14/meet-the-rookies-romain-grosjean/. Retrieved 2007-08-14. 
  3. ^ Noble, Jonathan (2009-08-18). "10 facts about Romain Grosjean". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/77761. Retrieved 2009-08-18. 
  4. ^ "Romain ID". Romain-Grosjean.com. 2006. http://www.romain-grosjean.com/-Lifestyle-.html. Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  5. ^ "F3 Euro Mugello 1: Grosjean moves ahead". MaximumMotorsport.co.uk. 2007. http://www.maximummotorsport.co.uk/2007/07/14/f3-euro-mugello-1-grosjean-moves-ahead/. Retrieved 2007-08-14. 
  6. ^ Bradley, Charles. Grosjean takes title autosport.com, 2007-10-13. Retrieved 2007-10-13.
  7. ^ "Hülkenberg wins F3 Masters as Grosjean stalls". MaximumMotorsport.co.uk. 2007. http://www.maximummotorsport.co.uk/2007/08/05/hulkenberg-wins-masters-as-grosjean-stalls/. Retrieved 2007-08-14. 
  8. ^ "Grosjean to race for ART in 2008". autosport.com. 2007-12-11. http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/64346. Retrieved 2007-12-11. 
  9. ^ "Filippi confirmed at ART for 2008". autosport.com. 2007-12-17. http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/64420. Retrieved 2007-12-17. 
  10. ^ "Alvaro Parente wins on GP2 debut in Barcelona". maximummotorsport.co.uk. 2008-04-26. http://www.maximummotorsport.co.uk/2008/04/26/alvaro-parente-wins-on-gp2-debut-in-barcelona/. Retrieved 2008-04-27. 
  11. ^ "Kobayashi triumphs as Grosjean cracks under pressure". maximummotorsport.co.uk. 2008-04-27. http://www.maximummotorsport.co.uk/2008/04/27/kobayashi-triumphs-as-grosjean-cracks-under-pressure/. Retrieved 2008-04-27. 
  12. ^ "Eight cars crash on first lap, Bruno Senna hits a dog, it's another GP2 sprint race". maximummotorsport.co.uk. 2008-05-11. http://www.maximummotorsport.co.uk/2008/05/11/eight-cars-crash-on-first-lap-bruno-senna-hits-a-dog-its-another-gp2-sprint-race/. Retrieved 2008-05-12. 
  13. ^ "Maldonado signs for ART". crash.net. http://www.crash.net/motorsport/gp2/news/171636-1/maldonado_signs_for_art.html. 
  14. ^ "Alonso, Piquet, Grosjean with Renault...". uk.eurosport.yahoo.com. 2007-12-10. http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/10122007/13/alonso-piquet-grosjean-renault.html. Retrieved 2007-12-10. 
  15. ^ English, Steven (2009-08-18). "Renault confirms Grosjean in, Piquet out". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/77740. Retrieved 2009-08-18. 
  16. ^ http://f1.gpupdate.net/en/news/2009/08/26/grosjean-not-willing-to-give-up-second-job-at-the-bank/

External links

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Damian Sawicki
Formula Lista Junior
Champion

2003
Succeeded by
Harald Schlegelmilch
Preceded by
Patrick Pilet
French Formula Renault 2.0
Drivers' Champion

2005
Succeeded by
Laurent Groppi
Preceded by
Paul di Resta
Formula Three Euroseries
Champion

2007
Succeeded by
Nico Hülkenberg
Preceded by
None
GP2 Asia Series
Drivers' Champion

2008
Succeeded by
Kamui Kobayashi

Simple English

File:Romain Grosjean 2009 Japan
Grosjean at the 2009 Japanese Grand Prix

Romain Grosjean (born April 17, 1986 in Geneva, Switzerland) is a Formula One racing driver, who holds dual nationality from France and Switzerland,[1][2] but competes under a French racing licence.[3] He was the 2007 Formula Three Euroseries drivers' champion and the inaugural GP2 Asia Series champion.

References

  1. Domenjoz, Luc (2008-07-06). "Romain Grosjean en route vers la F1" (in French). Le Matin.ch. Edipresse Publications SA. http://archives.lematin.ch/LM/LMD/4sports/article-2008-07-177/ce-romain-est-un-helvete. Retrieved 2009-08-09. "Fin 2005, bien aidé par sa licence française de pilote (il bénéficie de la double nationalité, par sa mère française), le Genevois signe un contrat avec le RDD, le Renault Driver Development (At the end of 2005, helped by his French racing license (he benefits from dual nationality thanks to his French mother), the Genevan signed a contract with RDD, Renault Driver Development)" 
  2. "Meet the rookies: Romain Grosjean". F1Fanatic.co.uk. 2007. http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/2007/08/14/meet-the-rookies-romain-grosjean/. Retrieved 2007-08-14. 
  3. Noble, Jonathan (2009-08-18). "10 facts about Romain Grosjean". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/77761. Retrieved 2009-08-18. 


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