|Team||Lotus F1 Team|
|Date of Birth||17 Apr 1986|
|F1 Debut||Europe 2009 (Valencia) with Renault|
|F1 Team||Renault, Lotus|
Grosjean in Singapore:
2009 Renault: qualified 19th, retired, brake failure
2010 did not race
2011 did not race
2012 Lotus: qualified 8th, finished 7th
2013 Lotus: qualified 3rd, retired, engine failure
2014 Lotus: qualified 16th, finished 13th
Back on the right path
Romain Grosjean’s career path to Formula OneTM came via titles in Formula Renault, in the Formula 3 Euroseries, and in GP2, where he was champion in both the European and Asian series. The Frenchman made his Formula OneTM debut in the 2009 European Grand Prix, and did seven races that season without scoring a World Championship point.
It wasn’t until 2012 that he got his chance of a first full season in F1, with Lotus signing him up. It proved to be a difficult year as a series of misjudgements and accidents, including his triggering of a multi-car pile-up at the start of the Belgian Grand Prix, led to the FIA imposing a one-race ban.
But it is a sign of Grosjean’s character that the following year, he emerged from those dark days and made his mark on the sport in the right way, scoring six podiums, which included an impressive second in Austin.
He has always one of the most likeable characters in the paddock, easy-going, charming and with a great, self-depreciating sense of humour. His new-found maturity was put to the test as Lotus team leader with an tough, aggressive team-mate in Pastor Maldonado in 2014, but Grosjean stepped up to the plate.
Despite a difficult year with a car that was uncompetitive and unreliable, Grosjean ensured he outperformed team-mate Maldonado, managing two points-scoring finishes. He did enough to earn a seat at the team for 2015, where hopes of an improvement are high following a new engine deal with Mercedes.