Romain Grosjean

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Romain Grosjean
Romain Grosjean Bahrain.jpg
Grosjean in 2012
Born (1986-04-17) 17 April 1986 (age 30)
Geneva, Switzerland
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality France French
2016 team Haas-Ferrari[1]
Car number 8
Entries 94 (93 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 10
Career points 315
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 1
First entry 2009 European Grand Prix
Last entry 2016 Hungarian Grand Prix
2015 position 11th (51 pts)
Previous series
2010
2010
200811
2008, 2011
200607
200405
200405
2003
Auto GP
FIA GT1 World Championship
GP2 Series
GP2 Asia Series
Formula 3 Euro Series
Formula Renault Eurocup
French Formula Renault
Formula Lista Junior
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 Haas F1 Team. He races under the French flag[2] in Formula One although he was born in Geneva and holds dual Franco-Swiss nationality.

He dominated the 2005 French Formula Renault championship at his first attempt and joined the Renault young driver programme. 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 One 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 formulae winning the 2010 Auto GP championship at the first attempt and winning the 2011 GP2 Asia Series and GP2 Series becoming the first – and as of 2016, 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.[3] 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 drove for Lotus again alongside Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado in the 2014 season. This line up was continued for 2015.

On 29 September 2015, the Haas F1 Team announced that Grosjean would be racing for the team in the 2016 season alongside Esteban Gutiérrez.[4][5]

Career[edit]

Early racing career[edit]

Grosjean was born in Geneva, Switzerland. He won all ten rounds of the 2003 Formula Lista Junior championship and moved to the French Formula Renault championship for 2004.[6]

He was seventh in that first season with one win and was champion in 2005 with ten victories. Grosjean also appeared in the Formula Renault Eurocup and finished on the podium twice in Valencia.[6]

With his results and potential in the Formula Renault series, Grosjean joined the Renault Driver Development programme for the continuation of his career.[7]

Formula Three[edit]

Grosjean made his Formula Three debut at the 2005 Macau Grand Prix, standing in for Loïc Duval at Signature-Plus. He qualified 19th and raced to ninth, beating team-mates Fábio Carbone and Guillaume Moreau.[6]

He did a full season in the 2006 Formula 3 Euro Series but had a tough year, taking only one podium finish and ending the year 13th. 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.[6]

He stayed in the Formula 3 Euro Series for 2007 but moved to the ASM team, for which Jamie Green, Lewis Hamilton, and Paul di Resta won the previous three titles.[6] 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.[8] 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.[9]

Grosjean took pole position for the prestigious Masters of Formula 3 race at Zolder but finished 14th after stalling at the start.[10]

GP2 Series[edit]

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

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.[11] His team-mates were Luca Filippi[12] 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.[13] 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.[14] Victory in the sprint race at Istanbul, the fourth round of the season, moved Grosjean into second place in the championship.[15] 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 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.[16] 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.[17] 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.[18] 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.[19]

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.[20] 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.[21]

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.[22]

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.[23] After dominating practice and taking pole position, he won the feature race before finishing second to Carlos Iaconelli in the sprint event.[24] 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 runner-up 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.[25] 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.[26]

Grosjean returned to GP2 full-time with DAMS for the 2011 GP2 Series and GP2 Asia Series seasons.[27] 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,[28] 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 (2012–2015)[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 first Friday free 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,[29] 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[30] – and ultimately qualified in third position.[31] He fell to sixth at the start and retired on the second lap after a collision with Pastor Maldonado,[32] 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.[33] In Spain Grosjean started third, finished fourth and set his first fastest lap in Formula One; the first for a French driver since Alesi at the 1996 Monaco Grand Prix. At the 2012 Canadian Grand Prix, he collected his second Formula One 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 Grosjean's first mechanical-related retirement of the season. At the British Grand Prix, Grosjean topped the timesheets during the first free practice session, but qualifying did not go as well; 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 received a grid penalty. At the start of the race he was involved in an incident with Paul di Resta, which forced a pit stop for a new front wing. 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 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 Formula One, including this collision with Mark Webber at the first corner of the 2012 Japanese Grand Prix.

At Spa Grosjean caused a multi-car pile-up at the start of the race, with 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.[34] Grosjean was given a one race ban post-race (the first driver to be banned since Michael Schumacher in 1994),[35] 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."[34] He was replaced for the 2012 Italian Grand Prix by Lotus test and reserve driver Jérôme d'Ambrosio.[36] His team boss, Éric Boullier said that Grosjean learned an important lesson following his ban,[37] however at the Japanese Grand Prix, Grosjean crashed into Mark Webber at the first corner with Webber branding him a "first lap nutcase". Grosjean's actions were condemned by many drivers in the paddock.[38] At the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Grosjean was involved in another first lap incident.[39] In São Paulo Grosjean hit the back of Pedro de la Rosa's HRT in qualifying.[40]

On 14–16 December Grosjean won the Race of Champions after a Grand Final victory over Le Mans legend Tom Kristensen at the Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok.[41] The day before Grosjean finished in second place in the Nations' Cup event along with his teammate Sébastien Ogier in the French team, after defeat by Germany's Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher.[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 due to the grid penalty, but ran as high as eighth in the race before finishing 13th as he had to stop for a third time due to heavy tyre wear. On the first lap of the British Grand Prix, Grosjean made contact with Mark Webber, damaging the front wing of Webber's car. Grosjean retired on the last lap while 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 behind Vettel and Räikkönen.

Grosjean at the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix.

At the Hungarian Grand Prix Grosjean qualified 3rd on the grid, but finished 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. At the Belgian Grand Prix Grosjean qualified 7th on the grid, and Lotus chose to operate a one stop strategy on Grosjean's car. Later in the race he was sent off track by Sergio Pérez while Pérez was attempting an overtake – Pérez received a drive through penalty for the incident. Grosjean finished the race in 8th position after being overtaken by Massa towards the end of the race. At the Italian Grand Prix Grosjean qualified 13th as both Lotuses showed slow pace in practice. After a slow pit stop he came back to finish in 8th after many overtaking moves and resisting Lewis Hamilton on the last lap. In Singapore Grosjean had a difficult weekend full of mechanical problems; and despite qualifying 3rd, he was forced to retire due to an engine issue. At the Korean Grand Prix he qualified 4th and was moved up to third on the grid after a grid penalty for Webber. He made a good start in which he overtook Hamilton and was closing on Vettel until the safety car came out. This intervention aided Räikkönen's progression up the order, and after a small mistake, Grosjean was overtaken by his team mate. Grosjean maintained position behind Räikkönen and secured his third podium of the season, in third.

The next weekend, at 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. Vettel passed him on lap 28 and he was also later overtaken by Mark Webber, and finished 3rd for the second straight race. In India, Grosjean failed to reach Q2 on medium tyres in order to save softer tyres, and he ultimately qualified 17th. In the race, 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. 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. At the United States Grand Prix, Grosjean had a good qualifying session and earned a 3rd spot on the grid behind Vettel and Webber. In the race, Grosjean had a strong start once again, by overtaking Webber and nearly overtaking Vettel. Leading a lap during the pit stop phase, Grosjean finished 2nd by holding off Webber despite numerous overtaking attempts.

On 29 November 2013, it was confirmed that Grosjean would continue with Lotus in 2014.[44]

2014[edit]
Grosjean at the 2014 British Grand Prix

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."[45][46] At the Hungarian Grand Prix Grosjean spun and crashed his car whilst following the safety car.[47]

2015[edit]
Grosjean at the 2015 Canadian Grand Prix

In 2015, Lotus produced a much better car, which was powered by a Mercedes engine. Grosjean showed great potential in testing, but mechanical problems in Australia and a spin after contact with Sergio Pérez in Malaysia prevented Grosjean from scoring points. But after the first two troubled races, Grosjean recorded good performances in China and Bahrain, finishing 7th on both occasions. In Spain, Lotus struggled in practice and qualifying and Grosjean missed out on Q3 for the first time in the season. But in the race, his pace improved and he finished 8th, despite making contact with Pastor Maldonado in the opening laps and a mistake in the pits, both of which cost him some time. In Monaco, Grosjean was on for his fourth consecutive points finish, despite a grid penalty for a gearbox change, but he was hit by Max Verstappen while battling for position. Grosjean managed to rejoin, but lost time and finished 12th.

In Canada, Lotus had one of the fastest cars and Grosjean qualified in an impressive 5th place. In the race, he was in the top 5, but made contact with the Marussia of Will Stevens, which punctured his tyre. Grosjean had to pit for new tyres, but managed to recover and finished in the points. In Austria, he was racing in the top 10, but he had a mechanical issue and could not finish the race. In Great Britain, he retired on lap 1 after contact with Daniel Ricciardo and teammate Maldonado. In Hungary, he struggled again and even had a penalty for an unsafe release in the pits. But near the end of the race, he made up a lot of positions due to other drivers having problems. In the end, he managed to repeat his best finish of the season of 7th, finishing ahead of Nico Rosberg's Mercedes. In Belgium, Lotus again had one of the fastest cars and Grosjean qualified in 4th, but started 9th, because of a penalty. In the race, he consistently gained positions, and a few laps before the finish, Grosjean was running 4th. Ahead of him was Vettel, who was on very old tyres, and Grosjean caught up with him with 5 laps to go. He was not able to overtake, but Vettel's right rear tyre exploded on the penultimate lap. Grosjean moved into the podium positions, to record his first such result since 2013. After the race, Grosjean said that he cried on the last lap.

In Italy Grosjean once again made it into Q3, qualifying in 8th, but was involved in some contact in turn 1, which caused his retirement. In Singapore, he was forced to retire a few laps before the end because of a suspected gearbox issue. In Japan, Grosjean was in 6th place after the start but lost a position during the first stops to Nico Hülkenberg. Near the end of the race, he was under pressure from Maldonado, who had closed the gap to just over a second, but Grosjean managed to retain his 7th position to the finish and scored points for the first time since Belgium.[48][49]

Haas (2016)[edit]

2016[edit]
Grosjean at the 2016 Bahrain Grand Prix.

On 29 September 2015, it was announced that Grosjean would race for the Haas F1 Team, who were joining the Formula One grid for the 2016 season.[4] He was partnered by former Sauber driver and Ferrari test driver Esteban Gutiérrez. In the team's first race, the Australian Grand Prix, Grosjean finished sixth to record Haas' first points and making them the first team since Toyota Racing to score points in their debut.[50] He was eventually voted Formula One's first Driver of the Day.[51] Grosjean scored again in the following Bahrain Grand Prix by finishing in fifth position,[52] winning Driver of the Day again.[53]

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 Barwa Addax Team 12 2 3 2 3 45 4th
Formula One ING Renault F1 Team
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 NC
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 19 0 0 0 1 51 11th
2016 Formula One Haas F1 Team 10 0 0 0 0 28* 10th*

† – As Grosjean was a guest driver, he was ineligible to score points.
* Season still in progress.

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 HOC
1

21
HOC
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
HOC
1

DSQ
HOC
2

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

5
HOC
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
HOC
1

2
HOC
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 21 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
2015 Lotus F1 Team Lotus E23 Hybrid Mercedes PU106B Hybrid 1.6 V6 t AUS
Ret
MAL
11
CHN
7
BHR
7
ESP
8
MON
12
CAN
10
AUT
Ret
GBR
Ret
HUN
7
BEL
3
ITA
Ret
SIN
13†
JPN
7
RUS
Ret
USA
Ret
MEX
10
BRA
8
ABU
9
11th 51
2016 Haas F1 Team Haas VF-16 Ferrari 059/5 1.6 V6 t AUS
6
BHR
5
CHN
19
RUS
8
ESP
Ret
MON
13
CAN
14
EUR
13
AUT
7
GBR
Ret
HUN GER BEL ITA SIN MAL JPN USA MEX BRA ABU 10th* 28*

Driver failed to finish the race, but was classified as they had completed more than 90% of the race distance.
* Season still in progress.

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.[54] On 29 July 2013 she gave birth to a son, Sacha. Their second son Simon was born on 16 May 2015.[55]

In 2014 Grosjean was featured in French disc jockey David Guetta's music video titled "Dangerous".[56]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Parkes, Ian (29 September 2015). "Haas Formula 1 team announces Romain Grosjean as first driver". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 29 September 2015. 
  2. ^ Noble, Jonathan (18 August 2009). "10 facts about Romain Grosjean". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 18 August 2009. 
  3. ^ "Romain Grosjean joins Kimi Raikkonen at Lotus Renault for 2012". Autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). 9 December 2010. Retrieved 9 July 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Romain Grosjean [RGrosjean] (29 September 2015). "Really happy and proud to be racing for @HaasF1Team from 2016 onwards. A new great and very exciting challenge #F1 #r8main" (Tweet). Retrieved 9 July 2016. 
  5. ^ "Romain Grosjean to drive for Haas Formula 1 team in 2016". BBC Sport (BBC). 29 September 2015. Retrieved 9 July 2016. 
  6. ^ a b c d e "Meet the rookies: Romain Grosjean". F1Fanatic.co.uk. 2007. Retrieved 14 August 2007. 
  7. ^ "Romain ID". Romain-Grosjean.com. 2006. Retrieved 5 August 2009. 
  8. ^ "F3 Euro Mugello 1: Grosjean moves ahead". MaximumMotorsport.co.uk. 2007. Archived from the original on 3 December 2007. Retrieved 14 August 2007. 
  9. ^ Bradley, Charles. Grosjean takes title autosport.com, 13 October 2007. Retrieved 13 October 2007.
  10. ^ "Hülkenberg wins F3 Masters as Grosjean stalls". MaximumMotorsport.co.uk. 2007. Archived from the original on 9 October 2007. Retrieved 14 August 2007. 
  11. ^ "Grosjean to race for ART in 2008". autosport.com. 11 December 2007. Retrieved 11 December 2007. 
  12. ^ "Filippi confirmed at ART for 2008". autosport.com. 17 December 2007. Retrieved 17 December 2007. 
  13. ^ "Alvaro Parente wins on GP2 debut in Barcelona". maximummotorsport.co.uk. 26 April 2008. Archived from the original on 7 September 2008. Retrieved 27 April 2008. 
  14. ^ "Kobayashi triumphs as Grosjean cracks under pressure". maximummotorsport.co.uk. 27 April 2008. Archived from the original on 28 August 2008. Retrieved 27 April 2008. 
  15. ^ "Eight cars crash on first lap, Bruno Senna hits a dog, it's another GP2 sprint race". maximummotorsport.co.uk. 11 May 2008. Archived from the original on 14 May 2008. Retrieved 12 May 2008. 
  16. ^ "Maldonado signs for ART". crash.net. 
  17. ^ "Alonso, Piquet, Grosjean with Renault...". uk.eurosport.yahoo.com. 10 December 2007. Archived from the original on 15 December 2007. Retrieved 10 December 2007. 
  18. ^ English, Steven (18 August 2009). "Renault confirms Grosjean in, Piquet out". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 18 August 2009. 
  19. ^ "Grosjean to test for Pirelli at Monza". Autosport. 16 September 2010. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  20. ^ Beer, Matt (26 March 2010). "Grosjean makes World GT1 move". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 29 June 2010. 
  21. ^ "Grosjean-Mutsch top driver standings". gt1world.com (FIA GT1 World Championship). 23 May 2010. Retrieved 29 June 2010. 
  22. ^ "Le Mans 24 Hours – Race result". crash.net (Crash Media Group). 13 June 2010. Retrieved 29 June 2010. 
  23. ^ "Grosjean on the Auto GP grid with DAMS". autogp.org (Auto GP). 22 June 2010. Retrieved 29 June 2010. 
  24. ^ "Spa, Race 2: Iaconelli wins again". autogp.org (Auto GP). 27 June 2010. Retrieved 29 June 2010. 
  25. ^ Beer, Matt (20 July 2010). "Grosjean returns to GP2 in Germany". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  26. ^ Beer, Matt (24 September 2010). "Grosjean stays at DAMS, joins Gravity". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 10 September 2010. 
  27. ^ "Grosjean and Varhaug in DAMS' colours". GP2 Series (GP2 Motorsport Limited). 25 January 2011. Retrieved 23 May 2011. 
  28. ^ Freeman, Glenn (21 May 2011). "Grosjean excluded from fourth". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 23 May 2011. 
  29. ^ "Hamilton pips Grosjean". Formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 17 March 2012. Retrieved 18 March 2012. 
  30. ^ "Third 'a dream come true' for Grosjean". ESPN F1 (ESPN Emea Ltd.). 17 March 2012. Retrieved 18 March 2012. 
  31. ^ "Hamilton heads McLaren one-two". Formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 17 March 2012. Retrieved 18 March 2012. 
  32. ^ Beer, Matt (18 March 2012). "Grosjean takes positives from Australia display despite early exit". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 18 March 2012. 
  33. ^ "Sebastian Vettel's good start ensures victory in Bahrain Grand Prix". Guardian (London). 22 April 2012. Archived from the original on 26 April 2012. Retrieved 26 April 2012. 
  34. ^ a b Benson, Andrew (2 September 2012). "Belgian Grand Prix crash: Romain Grosjean banned for one race". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 2 September 2012. 
  35. ^ "Grosjean is first banned driver since Schumacher". F1Fanatic. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  36. ^ "D'Ambrosio to replace Grosjean". planet-f1.com (TEAMtalk media). 4 September 2012. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  37. ^ "Romain Grosjean has 'learned his lesson' - Boullier". BBC Sport (BBC). 10 September 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2016. 
  38. ^ Cary, Tom (7 October 2012). "Mark Webber calls Romain Grosjean an 'embarassing, first-lap nutcase' after collision at Japanese Grand Prix". The Daily Telegraph (Telegraph Media Group). Retrieved 9 July 2016. 
  39. ^ Beer, Matt (4 November 2012). "Grosjean adamant he was not to blame for clashes". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 9 July 2016. 
  40. ^ Benson, Andrew (24 November 2012). "Lewis Hamilton on pole ahead of Jenson Button". BBC Sport (BBC). Retrieved 9 July 2016. 
  41. ^ "Grosjean crowned 2012 Champion of Champions". Race of Champions (International Media Productions S.A.M.). 16 December 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2016. 
  42. ^ "Team Germany win sixth ROC Nations Cup". Race of Champions (International Media Productions S.A.M.). 16 December 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2016. 
  43. ^ "Romain Grosjean to be retained by Lotus for 2013". BBC Sport (BBC Sport). 14 October 2012. Retrieved 17 December 2012. 
  44. ^ "Pastor Maldonado will join Lotus in 2014 alongside Romain Grosjean". SkySport F1. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  45. ^ Galloway, James (15 January 2014). "What's in a number". Sky Sports (BSkyB). Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  46. ^ "15 January at 14:44". Facebook. Facebook, Inc. 15 January 2014. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  47. ^ Hensby, Paul (29 July 2014). "Romain Grosjean: "I made a Mistake trying to keep the Tyres Warm"". The Checkered Flag (Black Eagle Media Network). Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  48. ^ "2015 FIA Formula One World Championship Race Calendar". formula1.com. Retrieved 11 October 2015. 
  49. ^ "Belgian GP: I cried on the last lap – Romain Grosjean". BBC. 23 August 2015. Retrieved 11 October 2015. 
  50. ^ Whisenant, David (20 March 2016). "Kannapolis based Haas F1 teams makes history in Australia". WBTV (Kannapolis, North Carolina: Raycom Media). Retrieved 20 March 2016. 
  51. ^ Saunders, Nate (21 March 2016). "Romain Grosjean wins F1's first Driver of the Day award". ESPN. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  52. ^ Reiman, Samuel (3 April 2016). "American-based Haas F1 team scores again with fifth in Bahrain GP". Fox Sports. Retrieved 4 April 2016. 
  53. ^ Maher, Thomas (4 April 2016). "Romain Grosjean wins 'Driver of the Day' Award". FormulaSpy. Retrieved 4 April 2016. 
  54. ^ "Félicitations Romain!". lotusf1team.com (Lotus F1 Team). 28 June 2012. Retrieved 28 June 2012. 
  55. ^ Gombeaud, Paul (18 May 2015). "Romain Grosjean est papa du petit Simon". Nextgen-Auto.com (Nextgen-Auto). Retrieved 17 August 2015. 
  56. ^ Kennedy, John R. (9 December 2014). "David Guetta debuts double-screen video for 'Dangerous'". Global News (Global Television Network). Retrieved 26 April 2015. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Damian Sawicki
Formula Lista Junior
Champion

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

2005
Succeeded by
Laurent Groppi
Preceded by
Paul di Resta
Formula 3 Euro Series
Champion

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

2008
Succeeded by
Kamui Kobayashi
Preceded by
Will Bratt
Auto GP
Champion

2010
Succeeded by
Kevin Ceccon
Preceded by
Davide Valsecchi
GP2 Asia Series
Champion

2011
Succeeded by
Series folded
Preceded by
Pastor Maldonado
GP2 Series
Champion

2011
Succeeded by
Davide Valsecchi
Preceded by
Sébastien Ogier
Race of Champions
Champion of Champions

2012
Succeeded by
David Coulthard
(2014)