Romain Grosjean confirmed at Renault

Flavio 'executioner' Briatore with Romain Grosjean at this year's Renault launch

Flavio 'executioner' Briatore with Romain Grosjean at this year's Renault launch

Romain Grosjean will take Nelson Piquet Jnr’s place in the second Renault at this weekend’s European Grand Prix.

The identity of Fernando Alonso’s new team mate will not come as a surprise to many – Grosjean was linked to the seat as early as April 2008.

Grosjean was born in Geneva, Switzerland and holds dual French-Swiss nationality. He is currently second in the GP2 championship behind Nico H?â??lkenberg. He will relinquish his place at the Barwa Addax team to Davide Valsecchi.

He is the ninth GP2 racer to reach F1, joining Scott Speed, Nico Rosberg, Heikki Kovalainen, Lewis Hamilton, Kazuki Nakajima, Nelson Piquet Jnr, Timo Glock and Sebastien Buemi. (More on them here).

After Piquet’s stinging words of criticism about Flavio Briatore, Grosjean’s progress will be watched very closely to see if he suffers from the same lack of support Piquet complained of. Do you think he will thrive at Renault – or is he another lamb to the slaughter?

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25 comments on Romain Grosjean confirmed at Renault

  1. Sush Meerkat said on 18th August 2009, 18:31

    or is he another lamb to the slaughter?

    Quid Pro Quo Clarice.

  2. TommyB said on 18th August 2009, 18:45

    Why on earth did this take so long?

  3. Dorian said on 18th August 2009, 18:45

    LOL….Sush Meerkat

  4. Steph90 said on 18th August 2009, 18:53

    Even with his Monaco crash this year he’s shown he’s a winner now he needs to show some of that form in f1.
    Great pics again Keith! Though I doubt Piquet was really smiling in the photo with Grosjean’s arm around him after so many months of rumours that he would was going to get his seat:P

  5. S Hughes said on 18th August 2009, 19:00

    Grosjean will get more support from Briatore than Piquet did just to disprove Piquet’s accusations. We’ll see how he does next to Alonso though.

  6. Dorian said on 18th August 2009, 19:04

    Grosjean will get more support from Briatore than Piquet did just to disprove Piquet’s accusations.

    Agreed

  7. gabal said on 18th August 2009, 19:14

    As seen in GP2 he can be really fast but he can also struggle a lot – Nico Hulkenberg and his team-mate Vitaliy Petrov showed much more consistant results – the way the season started it looked like he would dominate the championship but faded away after Monaco…

    I don’t think he can do worse then Piquet and I think Flavio will give him at least 2010 season to prove himself…

  8. Ned Flanders said on 18th August 2009, 19:53

    Swiss drivers are like London buses… you wait ages for one then two come along at once.

    I don’t hold too much hope for Grosjean. Look at all of Alonso’s teammates at Renault- Trulli, Villeneuve (easy to forget he ever drove for Renault), Fisichella, Piquet- did it do any of their careers any good? Not really. Renault, even years ago as Benetton, have proved incapable of running two equal cars.

  9. F1Driver said on 18th August 2009, 20:06

    Nowhere nea as goo looking as Piquet.

    Personally i think they should have just stuck with the above mentioned, imo he was doing alright considering where he was…

  10. Max should resign now!!! said on 18th August 2009, 20:39

    Lamb

  11. Snoopy said on 18th August 2009, 21:14

    Unfortunatelly a seat next to Alonso is same kind of place like seat next to Schumacher…no chance.

    If new driver take it in right way, means try learn as much as possible its perfect place. But not stay there years because then it will be other Barrichello story.

    In other hand NOBODY can do worse than Piquet. I can not understand that he can blame team boss about his own mistakes, is driving skills was crap…and i dont menat speed but car handdle skill. Half of time he was out of track by his own fault.

    • Unfortunatelly a seat next to Alonso is same kind of place like seat next to Schumacher…no chance.

      Hamilton would beg to defer.

      • Differ, maybe…. wasn’t the whole problem that he *didn’t* defer to Nando? I don’t think deference is in Lewis’ vocabulary.

        Good luck to Grosjean: he’s going to need it. Even though I’m sure he’s better than Piquet.

  12. Agreed a seat next too an experienced ex world champion usually means second class treatment – but maybe flavio is going the old ron dennis way?? – lets see – ps it is strange that ban was lifted and such a tiny fine

  13. French frog said on 18th August 2009, 21:56

    Grosjean has the chance to be French although born in Switzerland (his mother is French). Renault and in particular Carlos Ghosn will pay surely more attention to its treatment.

    After Bourdais was banned for lack of results, the french fans have a lot of expectations in Grosjean and of course in Renault. So the second seat is perhaps not as bad as it can look.

  14. Tengil said on 18th August 2009, 23:17

    Grosjean has been a favourite of mine for while now and I hope he doesn’t play it safe but rather goes for it!

  15. Ronman said on 19th August 2009, 7:23

    too many comments too little time, but my question is this… has he made the same mistake and picked Flavio as his “executioner” oops i mean manager? can’t believe i said that out loud….

    I never liked Flavio….

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