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?ā??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?