Romain Grosjean claims GP2 crown


Romain Grosjean, Spa-Francorchamps, 2011

Romain Grosjean, Spa-Francorchamps, 2011

Romain Grosjean has won the 2011 GP2 championship in today’s race at Spa-Francorchamps.

Grosjean, who is one of Renault’s third drivers, claimed the title by finishing in third place in the feature race. He has won the championship with three races still to run.

Grosjean started seventh in today’s feature race before working his way up to third early on.

But a lengthy interruption due to a crash involving Stefano Coletti and Mikhail Aleshin left just one lap to go when the race was restarted. Grosjean finished third behind winner Christian Vietoris and Jules Bianchi.

His title rivals Charles Pic and Giedo van der Garde failed to finish.

Grosjean is the seventh GP2 champion and the first driver to win the title for DAMS.

He has been tipped to drive for Renault in some practice sessions before the end of the year. He previously drove for the team at the end of 2009.

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45 comments on Romain Grosjean claims GP2 crown

  1. alexf1man (@alexf1man) said on 27th August 2011, 19:01

    Well done Romain. Hopefully this time he’ll be given a fair crack at F1 :-)

  2. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 27th August 2011, 21:54

    Well done Grosjean, you do deserve another stab at F1.

    Pity you couldn’t have waited a couple of weeks so I could see you win it with my own eyes!

  3. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 28th August 2011, 4:22

    If Renault want Grosjean in the car at some point this year, then I think they’ve made a mistake guaranteeing Senna a drive at Spa and at Monza. Grosjean might have the pedigree, but his last foray into Formula 1 usually resulted in a few on-track pirouettes. In order to give Grosjean the best opportunity to get back into Formula 1, he should be running at circuits he knows. And of the seven remaining circuits on the calendar, he’s only seen two of them – Monza and Abu Dhabi. But because Senna will be in the car in Italy, that means Grosjean’s best chance will come in time for Abu Dhabi. Of course, if Robert Kubica can make a return by the end of the year, that might dispel Grosjean’s chances of running on any circuit that he knows.

    If Renault were deadly serious about Grosjean driving, I would have kept Nick Heidfeld for Spa. Then I’d put Grosjean in the car for Monza, Singapore and Suzuka. And then I’d hand it over to Senna for South Korea, Buddh and Abu Dhabi; if the pace he displayed in qualifying is legitimate, then there is no reason why he could not demonstrate it elsewhere. That would also leave Brazil open for Kubica’s return. If Kubica could not make it, then I’d put the better-performing driver (Senna or Grosjean) in for Brazil as a reward.

  4. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 28th August 2011, 4:34

    I think if Senna or Petrov don’t shine in the next two race of more then they should or will replace someone & put Romain there.

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 28th August 2011, 5:04

      I doubt it. One or two races isn’t enough to judge a new driver on. And if that’s the case, then you certainly can’t judge a second driver’s performance relative to the newcomer in the same amount of time. Renault need stability; they’ll probably keep Petrov and keep an eye on Senna.

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