Romain Grosjean joins as team-mate with Kimi Raikkonen for 2012 Lotus Renault GP race seat. Grosjean originally drive for Renault alongside Fernando Alonso in 2009 season. Eric Boullier confirming that 2011 driver Vitaly Petrov’s deal had been “terminated”.
“I am thrilled to be one of the team’s race drivers in 2012,” Grosjean said. “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 Series 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, which supports me since 2006, and Gravity Sport Management, are first on this list.”
Lotus-Renault GP Team principal Eric Boullier be grateful the previous drivers of Petrov and Bruno Senna, but said he felt that the addition of Grosjean would help the team growth next season.
“I’m delighted that Romain Grosjean will side Kimi next year,” Boullier said. “Romain has shown a lot of maturity in the past twelve months both through his GP2 Series victory and his development as third driver with us. We were impressed when he drove for us in the first practice sessions in Abu Dhabi and Brazil. We are confident that drafting him in to one of our driver’s seats will help us in our rebuilding process. I would like to thank Vitaly Petrov and Bruno Senna for their contribution to the team’s performance this year and I wish them all the best for the future.”
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