Romain Grosjean

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Romain Grosjean
Romain Grosjean Bahrain.jpg
Grosjean in 2012
Born (1986-04-17) 17 April 1986 (age 28)
Geneva, Switzerland
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality  French
2014 team Lotus-Renault[1]
2015 team Lotus-Mercedes[2]
Car number 8
Races 64 (64 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 9
Career points 236
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 1
First race 2009 European Grand Prix
Last race 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
2014 position 14th (8 pts)
Previous series
2010
2010
2009, 2012
200811
2008, 2011
200607
200405
200405
2003
Auto GP
FIA GT1 World Championship
Formula One
GP2 Series
GP2 Asia Series
Formula 3 Euro Series
Formula Renault Eurocup
French Formula Renault
Swiss Formula Renault 1.6
Championship titles
2011
2011
2010
2008
2007
2005
2003
GP2 Series
GP2 Asia Series
Auto GP
GP2 Asia Series
Formula 3 Euro Series
French Formula Renault
Swiss Formula Renault 1.6
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 2010
Teams Matech Competition
Best finish DNF (2010)
Class wins 0

Romain Grosjean (French pronunciation: ​[ʁɔmɛ̃ ɡʁoʒɑ̃]; born 17 April 1986) is a racing driver, currently racing for the Lotus F1 Team. He races under the French flag[3] in Formula One although he was born in Geneva and holds dual Franco-Swiss nationality.

He dominated the 2005 French Formula Renault championship on his first attempt and joined the Renault young driver program. He was the 2007 Formula 3 Euro Series drivers' champion. In 2008 he became the inaugural GP2 Asia Series champion and came 4th in his first year in GP2. In 2009 he made his Formula 1 debut for Renault at the European Grand Prix and came 4th again in GP2 despite missing the final 8 races.

After being dropped by Renault he returned to junior formula winning the 2010 AutoGP championship on his first attempt and winning the 2011 GP2 Asia Series and GP2 Series becoming the first – and as of July 2013, only – two-time GP2 Asia champion and the only driver to hold both the GP2 Asia series and main GP2 series titles simultaneously. (Due to the Asia and Main GP2 series being combined, it is likely that this will remain true for the foreseeable future).

In 2012, Grosjean returned to Formula One with the Lotus F1 Team, alongside Kimi Räikkönen.[4] He took his first podium in Formula One at the 2012 Bahrain Grand Prix and took his first fastest lap in the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix. He became the first driver since 1994 to receive a race ban after causing a multi-car pile up at the 2012 Belgian Grand Prix. In 2013 he remained with Lotus, taking 6 podiums. He is driving for Lotus alongside Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado in the 2014 season.

Career[edit]

Early racing career[edit]

Grosjean was born in Geneva, Switzerland. He won all ten rounds of the 2003 Swiss Formula Renault 1.6 championship and moved to the French Formula Renault championship for 2004.[5]

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.[5]

With his results and potential in the Formula Renault series, Romain joined the Renault Driver Development programme for the continuation of his career.[6]

Formula Three[edit]

Grosjean made his F3 debut at the demanding Macau Guia Circuit, standing in for Loïc Duval at Signature-Plus. He qualified 19th and raced to ninth, beating team-mates Fabio Carbone and Guillaume Moreau.[5]

He did a full season in the Formula 3 Euro Series 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.[5]

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.[5] 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.[7] 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.[8]

Grosjean took pole position for the prestigious Masters of F3 race at Zolder but finished 14th after stalling at the start.[9]

GP2 Series[edit]

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.[10] His team-mates were Luca Filippi[11] 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.[12] 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.[13] Victory in the sprint race at Istanbul, the fourth round of the season, moved Grosjean into second place in the championship.[14] 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 3 Euro Series 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.[15] Despite missing the last four rounds, Grosjean finished fourth in the championship standings.

Formula One[edit]

Grosjean was confirmed as Renault's test driver for 2008, replacing Nelson Piquet, Jr., who graduated to a race seat.[16] 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 7 and 8 June 2008, where he gave a number of demonstrations of the previous year's R27 car.

Renault (2009)[edit]

He initially continued in the test driver role at Renault for 2009, but took over Piquet's seat in the wake of the Crashgate controversy from the European Grand Prix onwards.[17] Grosjean qualified 14th at the European Grand Prix. He was knocked out of Q2 0.323 seconds off the pace of team mate Fernando Alonso. He finished 15th in the race after a first lap collision with Luca Badoer necessitated a stop for a new front wing. For the next round in Belgium Grosjean qualified 19th, which he blamed on traffic and yellow flags. In the race he was eliminated on the first lap after a collision with Jenson Button. At the Italian Grand Prix, Grosjean qualified a career best 12th, but made a poor start, damaged his car with contact at the first corner, spun on the second lap, and finished 15th. He described himself as "very disappointed" after the race.

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

At the Singapore Grand Prix, Grosjean qualified 19th after suffering brake problems. He was hopeful of making progress in the race, but the brake problems reappeared, forcing him to retire after just three laps. At the Japanese Grand Prix, Grosjean qualified 18th, which he blamed on rain throughout practice preventing him from fully learning the demanding Suzuka Circuit, which he had never driven on before. He was promoted to 17th due to Timo Glock being unable to start the race. He was unable to make progress in the race, finishing 16th after struggling with understeer throughout the race on the unfamiliar circuit. At the Brazilian Grand Prix, Grosjean suffered an accident in practice, although he escaped unhurt. He qualified 13th in his repaired car, gained positions at the start, but then slipped back down to 13th after complaining of grip and tyre temperature problems, his best result of the season. At the season ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Grosjean qualified 19th, and finished 18th and last, again complaining of brake problems during the race. He said afterwards that he had "learnt an enormous amount this year, especially being team mate to Fernando". After the end of the season news reports had doubts that Grosjean would keep his seat into 2010, On 31 January 2010 Renault confirmed that Grosjean's former GP2 team mate at the Addax Team, Vitaly Petrov would be the team's second driver alongside Robert Kubica for the 2010 season leaving Grosjean without a Formula One drive for 2010. However in September 2010, it was confirmed by tyre manufacturer Pirelli that Grosjean would complete a test for the company in anticipation for their return to supplying tyres to the F1 grid in 2011. Grosjean replaced Nick Heidfeld, who left his testing duties to take up a race seat at Sauber.[18]

Sportscars[edit]

Grosjean driving a Ford GT at Silverstone

After leaving Formula One, Grosjean became involved in sportscar racing. In March 2010, Grosjean secured a drive in the inaugural FIA GT1 World Championship, driving a Ford GT1 for the Matech Competition team alongside German driver Thomas Mutsch.[19] The pairing won the opening Championship Race of the season in Abu Dhabi and added a second victory at Brno in May to lead the standings after the first three rounds of the season.[20]

In June 2010, Grosjean made his debut in the famous Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race, sharing a Ford GT1 with Mutsch and Jonathan Hirschi. After qualifying third in the LMGT1 class, they were forced to retire from the race after 171 laps.[21]

Auto GP[edit]

In June 2010, Grosjean made a return to single-seaters, racing for the DAMS team in the third round of the Auto GP season at Spa-Francorchamps.[22] After dominating practice and taking pole position, he won the feature race before finishing second to Carlos Iaconelli in the sprint event.[23] Over the course of the weekend, Grosjean accumulated 18 points out of a possible 19 on offer and took away €80,000 prize money as the event's top points scorer. He went on to win three more races to take the title at Monza 16 points ahead of second place man Edoardo Piscopo.

Return to GP2[edit]

Grosjean won the 2011 GP2 Asia Series and GP2 Series championships on his full-time return to the category.

On 20 July 2010, Grosjean announced that he would return to GP2 with the DAMS team. He replaced the then Renault test driver Jérôme d'Ambrosio for the German round of the championship.[24] He later substituted for D'Ambrosio's injured team-mate, Ho-Pin Tung, from the Belgian round onwards (despite Tung recovering and returning to the series with a different team), finishing 3rd in Belgium and Abu Dhabi to take fourteenth place in the drivers' standings, only two positions behind D'Ambrosio.[25]

Grosjean returned to GP2 full-time with DAMS for the 2011 GP2 Series and 2011 GP2 Asia Series seasons.[26] He took two pole positions and one race victory to win the Asia Series by six points from Jules Bianchi, and also won the first race of the main series to lead that championship as well. He lost the championship lead to Giedo van der Garde, after the second round of the series, after an event which was hampered by a disqualification due to a technical infringement,[27] but regained it again the following week at Monaco, scoring points in both races despite starting from last place on the grid. After scoring four further wins as part of a mid-season run that included six consecutive podium finishes, he pulled clear of his pursuers and clinched the championship at the penultimate round at Spa-Francorchamps.

Return to Formula One[edit]

Lotus (2012–present)[edit]

Grosjean driving for Lotus at the 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix.

At the start of 2011, Grosjean returned to the newly branded Lotus Renault GP team as one of five test drivers along with Bruno Senna, Ho-Pin Tung, Jan Charouz and Fairuz Fauzy. Lotus Renault had planned to run Robert Kubica and Vitaly Petrov throughout 2011 but Kubica had a horrific rally accident and was unable to drive during 2011. Former BMW Sauber team mate Nick Heidfeld replaced Kubica for the first 11 races before himself being replaced by Senna from the Belgian Grand Prix onwards. In late October 2011, Lotus Renault announced that Grosjean would drive in the Friday practice session in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (replacing Senna) and the Brazilian Grand Prix (replacing Petrov).

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.

2012[edit]

At the Australian Grand Prix, Grosjean set the second fastest time in the final free practice session,[28] and while team-mate Räikkönen was eliminated in the first part of qualifying, Grosjean made it into the top ten – for the first time, as his previous best was twelfth place[29] – and ultimately qualified in third position.[30] He fell to sixth at the start and retired on the second lap after a collision with Pastor Maldonado,[31] which broke his right-front suspension. At the 2012 Bahrain Grand Prix he finished third, collecting his first Formula One podium and the first for a French driver since Jean Alesi at the 1998 Belgian Grand Prix.[32] In Spain Grosjean started third, finished fourth and set his first fastest lap in Formula One; the first for a French driver since Jean Alesi at the 1996 Monaco Grand Prix. At the 2012 Canadian Grand Prix, he collected his second F1 podium with a career best finish of second, behind Lewis Hamilton.

Grosjean at the 2012 British Grand Prix

At Valencia, Grosjean was running second when the car's electronics malfunctioned forcing the Frenchman's first mechanical-related retirement of the season. At the British Grand Prix, Grosjean topped the timesheets during Practice 1 on Friday, but qualifying did not go as well. Right at the end of Q2 he spun into the gravel at the final corner after managing to get into Q3, this meant he could not take any further part in qualifying and started from tenth, although he was promoted to ninth after Nico Hülkenberg took a grid penalty. At the start of the race he was involved in an incident with Paul di Resta as the Force India driver clipped Grosjean's front wing meaning he had to pit for a new one. However Grosjean fought back through the field to finish in sixth just behind his team mate. At the German Grand Prix, Grosjean started nineteenth due to a gearbox penalty and finished eighteenth after picking up a puncture on lap one. A week later, at the Hungarian Grand Prix, Grosjean qualified second, the first time a French Formula One driver had started on the front row of the grid since Jean Alesi at the 1999 French Grand Prix; Grosjean finished third in the race behind Hamilton and teammate Räikkönen.

Grosjean was involved in a number of first-lap accidents in his first full season of F1, including this collision with Mark Webber at the first corner of the 2012 Japanese Grand Prix.

At Spa Grosjean caused a multicar pile-up at the start of the race, with Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Sergio Pérez all eliminated from the race as well as Grosjean; the incident was started when Grosjean drove into Hamilton on the approach to the La Source corner.[33] Grosjean was given a one race ban post-race (the first driver to be banned since Michael Schumacher in 1994),[34] as well as a fine of €50,000, with the FIA saying in a statement "The stewards regard this incident as an extremely serious breach of the regulations, which had the potential to cause injury to others. It eliminated leading championship contenders from the race. The stewards note [that] the team conceded the action was an extremely serious mistake and an error of judgement. Neither the team nor the driver made any submission in mitigation of penalty."[33] He was replaced for the 2012 Italian Grand Prix by Lotus test and reserve driver Jérôme d'Ambrosio.[35] His team boss, Éric Boullier said that Grosjean learned an important lesson following his ban,[36] however just one Grand Prix later Grosjean crashed into Mark Webber at the first corner with the Australian branding him a "first lap nutcase". Grosjean's actions have been condemned by many drivers in the paddock.[37] At Abu Dhabi Grosjean was involved in another first lap incident.[38] In São Paulo Grosjean hit the back of Pedro de la Rosa's HRT in qualifying.[39]

On December 14–16 Grosjean won the Race of Champions after a Grand Final victory over Le Mans legend Tom Kristensen at the Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok. The day before Grosjean got the second place in Nations' Cup event along with his teammate Sébastien Ogier in the French team. The winners were Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher from the German team.[40][41][42]

On 17 December 2012, it was confirmed to Grosjean would stay at Lotus for the 2013 season.[43]

2013[edit]
Grosjean testing the Lotus E21 in Barcelona.

He had three points-scoring finishes at the three opening races before receiving a new chassis to help his chances at Bahrain; he qualified 11th and climbed to third. At the next race in Spain, his suspension failed on lap 9. At the Monaco Grand Prix, Grosjean had three crashes during the practice sessions, leading his team principal, Boullier, to tell Grosjean to "wake up".[citation needed] He qualified 13th but his race ended when he crashed into the back of Daniel Ricciardo, earning him a 10-place grid penalty for the next race. At the Canadian Grand Prix he started last on the grid as a consequence of the 10-place grid penalty earned previously. He came back to 8th position in race but finished the race in 13th position as he had to pit stop a third time due to heavy tyre wear. On the first lap of the British Grand Prix Grosjean, squeezed between two cars crashed into Webber, damaging the front wing of Webber's car. Grosjean later retired on the last lap as he was in 8th position due to serious front wing damage. At the German Grand Prix after qualifying 5th he led the race for a while and seemed to be on a faster pace than Sebastian Vettel but the intervention of the safety car changed the race. He was forced to let his team mate Kimi Räikkönen pass towards the end of the race as Räikkönen had faster tyres. Grosjean resisted Fernando Alonso to earn his second podium of the season as Vettel went on to win the race and Räikkönen came second. At the Hungarian Grand Prix Grosjean qualified 3rd on the grid, finishing the race in 6th position after receiving a drive through penalty for crossing the white line as he overtook Felipe Massa. After the race, he was given a further 20-second time penalty for colliding with Jenson Button, however this did not affect his final position as the car behind him was more than 20 seconds behind. At the Belgian Grand Prix Grosjean qualified 7th on the grid. After a safe but difficult start Lotus choose to operate a one stop strategy on Grosjean's car. Later in the race he was sent off track by Sergio Pérez while the latter was attempting an overtake. Pérez received a drive through penalty for the incident. Grosjean finished the race in 8th position after being overtaken by Felipe Massa towards the end of the race.

Grosjean at the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix.

At the Italian Grand Prix Grosjean qualified 13th as both Lotuses showed slow pace in practice. After a slow first stint and time lost in his single pit stop he came back to finish in 8th after many overtaking moves and resisting Lewis Hamilton on the last lap. At the Singapore Grand Prix Grosjean had a difficult weekend full of mechanical problems; and despite qualifying 3rd, he was forced to retire due to an engine issue while being in good position for a podium. At the Korean Grand Prix he qualified 4th and was moved up to third on the grid after Mark Webber received a 10 place grid penalty in Singapore. He took a good start in which he overtook Hamilton and he seemed to be nearly matching Vettel's pace. However the safety car coming in helped Kimi Räikkönen move back up in third and after a small mistake, Grosjean was overtaken by his team mate who finished 2nd behind Vettel while Grosjean secured his third podium of the season in 3rd position. The next weekend, at the Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka, he qualified 4th. After a poor start by the Red Bulls on the front row, Grosjean took the lead into the first corner and showed good pace compared to the Red Bulls behind him, leading almost half the race. Sebastian Vettel passed him using DRS on the start-finish straight on lap 28, demoting Grosjean to 2nd; he was later overtaken by Vettel's teammate, Mark Webber, and finished 3rd for his second straight podium (and 2nd straight 3rd place finish).

In India, Grosjean failed to reach Q2 on medium tyres in order to save softer tyres; a bad strategic decision as he qualified 17th but had much higher potential. The next day he had a longer first stint with soft tyres in order to apply a one pit stop strategy that worked perfectly as he finished 3rd behind Vettel and Rosberg after overtaking Massa and then Räikkönen who forced him off the track on his first overtaking attempt. As Vettel clinched a 4th Drivers' World Championship in a row, Grosjean went to earn his 5th podium of the season. At Abu Dhabi, after qualifying 7th (and being promoted to 6th due to teammate Räikkönen's penalty), he had another strong start and strong race, finishing 4th – his first time outside of the podium in 4 races. At the United States Grand Prix, Grosjean had a good qualifying session and earned a 3rd spot on the grid behind the two Red Bull drivers, Vettel and Webber. On race day Grosjean had once again a strong start by overtaking Webber and nearly Vettel. By pitting last he even led one lap. He finished 2nd by holding off Webber behind him right until the end despite numerous overtaking attempts using the DRS by the Australian as Vettel went to win his record 8th victory in a row.

On 29 November 2013, it was confirmed that Grosjean would continue with Lotus in 2014.[1]

2014[edit]

A new rule for the 2014 season allowed the drivers to pick a car number to use for their entire career. Grosjean was awarded his first choice of number 8. He explained his choice of number on his Facebook page: "Simply I like this number, plus it has some signification to me. My wife was born on 8 December, we started dating in 2008 and besides, to my eyes my son is the 8th wonder of the world. That's why I picked up number 8."[44][45] At the Hungarian Grand Prix Grosjean spun and crashed his car whilst following the safety car.[46]

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2003 Formula Lista Junior 1.6 Advance Racing 10 10  ?  ? 10  ? 1st
2004 French Formula Renault SG Formula  ? 1  ?  ? 4  ? 7th
Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup 9 0 0 0 0 32 14th
2005 French Formula Renault SG Formula 16 10 10 0 13 211 1st
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 7 0 0 0 2 28 12th
Macau Grand Prix Signature-Plus 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 9th
2006 Formula 3 Euro Series Signature-Plus 20 0 0 0 1 19 13th
British Formula Three Championship 2 2 1 2 2 0 NC†
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 5th
2007 Formula 3 Euro Series ASM Formule 3 20 6 4 7 13 106 1st
Masters of Formula 3 1 0 1 0 0 N/A 14th
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 8th
2008 GP2 Series ART Grand Prix 20 2 1 2 6 62 4th
GP2 Asia Series 10 4 4 3 5 61 1st
Formula One ING Renault F1 Team Test driver
2009 GP2 Series ART Grand Prix 12 2 3 2 3 45 4th
Formula One ING Renault F1 Team 7 0 0 0 0 0 23rd
2010 GP2 Series DAMS 8 0 0 0 2 14 14th
Auto GP 8 4 3 4 7 58 1st
FIA GT1 World Championship Matech Competition 10 2 0 0 3 62 11th
24 Hours of Le Mans 1 0 0 0 0 N/A DNF
24 Hours of Spa Gravity International 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 16th
2011 GP2 Series DAMS 18 5 1 6 10 89 1st
GP2 Asia Series 4 1 2 2 2 24 1st
Formula One Lotus Renault GP Test driver
2012 Formula One Lotus F1 Team 19 0 0 1 3 96 8th
2013 Formula One Lotus F1 Team 19 0 0 0 6 132 7th
2014 Formula One Lotus F1 Team 19 0 0 0 0 8 14th
2015 Formula One Lotus F1 Team

† – As Grosjean was a guest driver, he was ineligible to score points.

Complete Formula 3 Euro Series record[edit]

(key)

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pos Points
2006 Signature-Plus Dallara F305/029 Mercedes HOC1
1

21
HOC1
2

13
LAU
1

6
LAU
2

4
OSC
1

3
OSC
2

6
BRH
1

9
BRH
2

6
NOR
1

12
NOR
2

8
NÜR
1

18
NÜR
2

10
ZAN
1

4
ZAN
2

11
CAT
1

Ret
CAT
2

9
BUG
1

20
BUG
2

12
HOC2
1

DSQ
HOC2
2

DSQ
13th 19
2007 ASM Formule 3 Dallara F305/059 Mercedes HOC1
1

5
HOC1
2

1
BRH
1

1
BRH
2

Ret
NOR
1

1
NOR
2

Ret
MAG
1

2
MAG
2

7
MUG
1

1
MUG
2

2
ZAN
1

1
ZAN
2

3
NÜR
1

5
NÜR
2

2
CAT
1

8
CAT
2

DSQ
NOG
1

1
NOG
2

3
HOC2
1

2
HOC2
2

3
1st 106

Complete GP2 Series results[edit]

(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
2010 DAMS ESP
FEA
ESP
SPR
MON
FEA
MON
SPR
TUR
FEA
TUR
SPR
VAL
FEA
VAL
SPR
GBR
FEA
GBR
SPR
GER
FEA

20
GER
SPR

19
HUN
FEA
HUN
SPR
BEL
FEA

3
BEL
SPR

6
ITA
FEA

13
ITA
SPR

17
ABU
FEA

6
ABU
SPR

3
14th 14
2011 DAMS TUR
FEA

1
TUR
SPR

10
ESP
FEA

DSQ
ESP
SPR

9
MON
FEA

4
MON
SPR

3
VAL
FEA

1
VAL
SPR

Ret
GBR
FEA

4
GBR
SPR

1
GER
FEA

3
GER
SPR

1
HUN
FEA

1
HUN
SPR

3
BEL
FEA

3
BEL
SPR

4
ITA
FEA

3
ITA
SPR

21
1st 89

Complete GP2 Asia Series results[edit]

(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
MAL
FEA

9
MAL
SPR

2
BHR
FEA

1
BHR
SPR

Ret
DUB2
FEA

1
DUB2
SPR

Ret
1st 61
2011 DAMS ABU
FEA

2
ABU
SPR

Ret
ITA
FEA

1
ITA
SPR

7
1st 24

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 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
2011 Lotus Renault GP Renault R31 Renault RS27-2011 2.4 V8 AUS MAL CHN TUR ESP MON CAN EUR GBR GER HUN BEL ITA SIN JPN KOR IND ABU
TD
BRA
TD
 –  –
2012 Lotus F1 Team Lotus E20 Renault RS27-2012 2.4 V8 AUS
Ret
MAL
Ret
CHN
6
BHR
3
ESP
4
MON
Ret
CAN
2
EUR
Ret
GBR
6
GER
18
HUN
3
BEL
Ret
ITA SIN
7
JPN
19†
KOR
7
IND
9
ABU
Ret
USA
7
BRA
Ret
8th 96
2013 Lotus F1 Team Lotus E21 Renault RS27-2013 2.4 V8 AUS
10
MAL
6
CHN
9
BHR
3
ESP
Ret
MON
Ret
CAN
13
GBR
19†
GER
3
HUN
6
BEL
8
ITA
8
SIN
Ret
KOR
3
JPN
3
IND
3
ABU
4
USA
2
BRA
Ret
7th 132
2014 Lotus F1 Team Lotus E22 Renault Energy F1‑2014 1.6 V6 t AUS
Ret
MAL
11
BHR
12
CHN
Ret
ESP
8
MON
8
CAN
Ret
AUT
14
GBR
12
GER
Ret
HUN
Ret
BEL
Ret
ITA
16
SIN
13
JPN
15
RUS
17
USA
11
BRA
17†
ABU
13
14th 8

Driver failed to finish the race, but was classified as they had completed >90% of the race distance.

Complete GT1 World Championship results[edit]

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pos Points
2010 Matech Competition Ford GT1 ABU
QR

2
ABU
CR

1
SIL
QR

21
SIL
CR

Ret
BRN
QR

6
BRN
CR

1
PRI
QR

7
PRI
CR

7
SPA
QR

20
SPA
CR

14
NÜR
QR
NÜR
CR
ALG
QR
ALG
CR
NAV
QR
NAV
CR
INT
QR
INT
CR
SAN
QR
SAN
CR
11th 62

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2010 Switzerland Matech Competition Germany Thomas Mutsch
Switzerland Jonathan Hirschi
Ford GT1 GT1 171 DNF DNF

Complete Auto GP results[edit]

(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 Pos Points
2010 DAMS BRN
1
BRN
2
IMO
1
IMO
2
SPA
1

1
SPA
2

2
MAG
1

1
MAG
2

Ret
NAV
1

3
NAV
2

1
MNZ
1

1
MNZ
2

3
1st 58

Personal life[edit]

Grosjean married his long-term partner, Marion Jollès (who works for French TV channel TF1 as a motorsport reporter), at Chamonix on 27 June 2012.[47] On 29 July 2013 she gave birth to a son, Sacha.

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Damian Sawicki
Formula Lista Junior
Champion

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

2005
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Laurent Groppi
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Paul di Resta
Formula 3 Euro Series
Champion

2007
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Nico Hülkenberg
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GP2 Asia Series
Drivers' Champion

2008
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Kamui Kobayashi
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Will Bratt
Auto GP
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2010
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GP2 Asia Series
Drivers' Champion

2011
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GP2 Series
Champion

2011
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Race of Champions
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