|Place of Birth||Genève|
|Date of Birth||Apr 17th 1986 - 27 years old|
|First Race||European Grand Prix Aug 23rd 2009|
|Last Race||Spanish F1 GP May 12th 2013|
|Best Qualifying||2 - Hungarian Grand Prix Jul 29th 2012|
|Best Result||2 - Canadian Grand Prix Jun 10th 2012|
|First Podium||Bahrain Grand Prix Apr 22nd 2012|
|Last Podium||Bahrain F1 GP Apr 21st 2013|
Romain Grosjean’s full debut season in formula one was one that promised so much but delivered plenty of disappointment. The talented Frenchman matched and even out paced his illustrious team mate Kimi Raikkonen in the season’s early stages, but his lack of temperament and knack for hitting other cars left him with a one race ban and an unwanted reputation.
So it just goes to show how highly rated he is by Lotus as they had no reservations about retaining him for the 2013 season, in which they hope to be competing for the championship. There is no doubt that Grosjean has the pace to take pole positions and win races, but the 26 year old will be expected to add some much needed race craft to his repertoire.
Grosjean is the typical modern day young driver in formula one, having being groomed through all the junior formula’s in preparation for motor sports finest formula. Championships and success has followed him through his junior career as he lifted the French Formula Renault, Formula Three Euro series and Auto GP championships.
After victory in the GP2 Asia championship in 2008 Grosjean was given his chance in formula one at Renault in 2009 after the controversial events following Nelson Piquet’s race fixing. Grosjean had an unspectacular introduction to the sport and failed to earn a single point in seven races, while being substantially slower than team mate Fernando Alonso and the causer of a several high profile crashes.
It was clear that the talent still needed honing and Grosjean spent another season in GP2 where he became the champion in 2011. Most GP2 champions make the leap straight into formula one and Grosjean was no exception when Lotus, formally Renault, announced him as their second driver for 2012.
This was clearly a new Romain Grosjean as he put the Lotus in third for the opening race in Australia where he subsequently retired. In a frustrating start to the season he would regularly seen towards the front of the grid in qualifying but a series of first lap incidents always hampered his races and cost him points. The highlights were at the championships 4th round, in Bahrain, Grosjean picked up his first podium with an impressive third behind team mate Raikkonen and a seasons best finish of 2nd in Canada.
From there his season unravelled as a series of car problems, qualifying spins and crashes cost him massively and earned him an unwanted reputation on the gird. After causing a first lap crash in Belgium, which could have seriously injured either one of Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Sergio Perez the FIA banned Grosjean from the Italian GP citing dangerous driving.
His record from his return to the end of the season was solid and an 8th place finish in the champion ship proves that, but 2013 will demand the promising Romain to become a title contender and prove his worth in the cut throat sport of formula one.
|31||2013||Spanish F1 GP||8||Lotus F1||Renault||6||Ret||suspension||0|
|30||2013||Bahrain F1 GP||8||Lotus F1||Renault||11||3||15|
|29||2013||Chinese F1 GP||8||Lotus F1||Renault||6||9||2|
|28||2013||Australian F1 GP||8||Lotus F1||Renault||8||10||1|
|27||2013||Malaysian F1 GP||8||Lotus F1||Renault||11||6||8|
|26||2012||Brazilian Grand Prix||10||Lotus F1||Renault||18||Ret||Spun off||0|
|25||2012||United States Grand Prix||10||Lotus F1||Renault||8||7||6|
|24||2012||Abu Dhabi Grand Prix||10||Lotus F1||Renault||9||Ret||Collision||0|
|23||2012||Indian Grand Prix||10||Lotus F1||Renault||11||9||2|
|22||2012||Korean Grand Prix||10||Lotus F1||Renault||7||7||6|
|21||2012||Japanese Grand Prix||10||Lotus F1||Renault||4||19||0|
|20||2012||Singapore Grand Prix||10||Lotus F1||Renault||8||7||6|
|19||2012||Belgian Grand Prix||10||Lotus F1||Renault||8||Ret||Collision||0|
|18||2012||Hungarian Grand Prix||10||Lotus F1||Renault||2||3||15|
|17||2012||German Grand Prix||10||Lotus F1||Renault||19||18||0|
|16||2012||British Grand Prix||10||Lotus F1||Renault||9||6||8|
|15||2012||European Grand Prix||10||Lotus F1||Renault||4||Ret||Alternator||0|
|14||2012||Canadian Grand Prix||10||Lotus F1||Renault||7||2||18|
|13||2012||Monaco Grand Prix||10||Lotus F1||Renault||4||Ret||Collision||0|
|12||2012||Spanish Grand Prix||10||Lotus F1||Renault||3||4||12|
|11||2012||Bahrain Grand Prix||10||Lotus F1||Renault||7||3||15|
|10||2012||Chinese Grand Prix||10||Lotus F1||Renault||10||6||8|
|9||2012||Malaysian Grand Prix||10||Lotus F1||Renault||6||Ret||Spun off||0|
|8||2012||Australian Grand Prix||10||Lotus F1||Renault||3||Ret||Collision||0|
|7||2009||Abu Dhabi Grand Prix||8||Renault||Renault||19||18||0|
|6||2009||Brazilian Grand Prix||8||Renault||Renault||13||13||0|
|5||2009||Japanese Grand Prix||8||Renault||Renault||17||16||0|
|4||2009||Singapore Grand Prix||8||Renault||Renault||18||Ret||Brakes||0|
|3||2009||Italian Grand Prix||8||Renault||Renault||12||15||0|
|2||2009||Belgian Grand Prix||8||Renault||Renault||19||Ret||Collision||0|
|1||2009||European Grand Prix||8||Renault||Renault||14||15||0|
|4||2013||Bahrain F1 GP||8||Lotus F1||Renault||11||3||15|
|3||2012||Hungarian Grand Prix||10||Lotus F1||Renault||2||3||15|
|2||2012||Canadian Grand Prix||10||Lotus F1||Renault||7||2||18|
|1||2012||Bahrain Grand Prix||10||Lotus F1||Renault||7||3||15|