Romain Grosjean will be confirmed later today as the second test and reserve driver Romain Grosjean will join Renault as its test driver once again alongside Fairuz Fauzy at the Renault F1 team’s car launch later today.

After a stint as the outfit’s test driver, the Frenchman drove a few races for the team as Nelson Piquet Jr’s replacement in 2009, and failed to impress, whereby he was dropped by the squad and confined to rebuilding his career in GP2 and the Auto GP series.

The soon-to-be-announced appointment confirms recent rumours linking the Swiss-brown Frenchman to the team that he formerly worked for.

His appointment probably has more to do with his experience as a Pirelli tyre tester than any noble attempts by the team to remain true to what little French roots it still holds, given that the outfit is persisting with its Renault-masqerading-as-Lotus stance.

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