December 9, 2011
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Grosjean will return after a 2-year absence
Former Renault driver Romain Grosjean will rejoin his former team next year.
He will be paired up with former world champion Kimi Raikkonen, forming one of the most interesting driver combinations on the grid.
Grosjean drove for Renault in the second half of the 2009 season, replacing Nelson Piquet Jr and joining Fernando Alonso at the squad. Despite not being too far off the Spaniard’s pace, he failed to score a point, and was dropped after the season finale.
He has since returned to GP2, where he finished 4th in 2009 despite missing the last 8 races. He won this year’s title convincingly driving for DAMS.
Romain has said today:
"There’s a big grin on my face at the prospect of getting behind the wheel of next
year’s car, and I feel very privileged to be given this opportunity.
To be racing alongside a former world champion and someone who is hungry and
returning to Formula 1 will be a great experience, and I’m sure will help raise my
level of performance too.
I feel that my successful season in GP2 has helped me mature a lot, and I am a much
more complete driver than I was last time I was competing in this sport.
Returning to Enstone as a race driver feels like coming home. I will not disappoint
and I wish to thank all the people without whom this return to F1 would not have been
possible. Total, [who have been supporting] me since 2006, and Gravity Sport
Management, are first on this list."