Romain Grosjean will be given the chance to demonstrate his talents behind the wheel of a Formula 1 car once again, with Renault announcing that its reserve driver will participate in the first practice sessions of the upcoming Abu Dhabi and Brazilian Grands Prix.
The Swiss-born Frenchman had a brief stint with the team in 2009 as the replacement for the sacked Nelson Piquet Jr, but he was summarily outclassed by team-mate Fernando Alonso and was (not surprisingly) off the grid at the end of the year.
But the 25-year-old has worked hard to rebuild his career, winning last year’s AutoGP title before returning to GP2 competition, where he’d previously been a racewinner before his abortive stint in F1. This year he won the GP2 Asia and GP2 (European) crowns driving for the DAMS squad.
Grosjean is also managed by the Gravity management group, which is a subsidiary of the Renault team’s owners, Genii Capital.
The team has confirmed he will drive Bruno Senna’s car at Abu Dhabi, and Vitaly Petrov’s car at Sao Paulo.
Grosjean is a considered a candidate for a race seat at Renault in the event that sidelined driver Robert Kubica is not fit enough to return to competition in 2012.
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