- Antonio Giovinazzi
- Alexander Albon
- Valtteri Bottas
- Pierre Gasly
- Romain Grosjean
- Lewis Hamilton
- Nico Hülkenberg
- Jordan King
- Jordan King
- Robert Kubica
- Daniil Kvyat
- Charles Leclerc
- Kevin Magnussen
- Lando Norris
- Sergio Perez
- Kimi Räikkönen
- Daniel Ricciardo
- George Russell
- Carlos Sainz Jr
- Lance Stroll
- Max Verstappen
- Sebastian Vettel
|First race||European Grand Prix||Valencia||August 23, 2009||Race results|
|Last race||Australian Grand Prix||Albert Park||March 17, 2019||Race results|
Born in Geneva to a Swiss father and a French mother, Grosjean was a relatively late starter in the world of motorsports, first karting aged 14. However, he was soon up to speed and three years later he moved into Formula Renault where six victories in his rookie season secured him the Swiss championship.
After winning the French Formula Renault championship in 2005, his performances in Formula Three were enough to impress Renault, who signed him up to their driver development programme in 2006. He graduated to Formula Three where he won the European title in his second season ahead of Sebastien Buemi. In 2008 he moved into GP2, winning the Asia series alongside testing duties for the Renault F1 team.
In 2008 he became Renault's official test driver following Nelson Piquet Jr's promotion to partner Fernando Alonso in the race seat. However, when Renault dismissed Piquet midway through the 2009 season, Grosjean was promoted and made his F1 debut in August at the European Grand Prix, giving up a promising GP2 campaign in the process.
His 15th place didn't set the world alight on his F1 debut and his best result over the rest of the season came in Brazil where he finished 13th. On his fourth race at the Singapore Grand Prix, Grosjean crashed in practice at the same corner where his former team-mate Piquet Jr had deliberately crashed the previous year.
It was embarrassing for all concerned and in 2010 Renault made a fresh break with new owners, management and drivers. Grosjean was left in the wilderness and took up a drive in the new FIA GT1 championship driving a Ford GT. He shined in the class, winning two races early in the season with co-driver Thomas Mutsch.
He switched back to single seaters midway through the season and drove in Auto GP (formerly F3000), taking the championship despite only competing in two thirds of the events. He also made a return to GP2 with DAMS and finished on the podium twice at four race meetings.
In 2011 he was offered a full drive at DAMS in GP2 and was appointed as one of Renault's 'third drivers'. He took the GP2 title with three races remaining before driving for Renault in Friday practice at the final two rounds of the season, impressing enough to be given a second chance in F1 as Kimi Raikkonen's team-mate at the newly-branded Lotus team.
His return to F1 saw flashes of brilliance and three podium finishes, but it was also tainted by a series of first-lap incidents. The worst was at Spa-Francorchamps where he took out Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton and two Saubers in a crash that could have had very serious consequences. The stewards banned him from the following event in Italy and he was under pressure for the remainder of the season to stay out of trouble.
Nevertheless, Lotus kept the faith in Grosjean for 2013 and after a cautious start he was showing real signs of consistency by mid-season. Suddenly, where he was a liability on the opening lap he started making up positions and after highly impressive races in Germany and Hungary he went on a run of three consecutive podiums from Korea onwards. Fourth in Abu Dhabi ended the run before perhaps his finest race to second in Austin -- splitting the dominant Red Bulls and holding off Webber in the latter stages.
Grosjean's improvement made for new levels of optimism in 2014, but the campaign was a disaster. After missing the first test, Lotus and Renault struggled with reliability and Grosjean could only manage a pair of points-scoring finishes. A return to the podium followed in 2015 despite Lotus struggling for money throughout year.
With Lotus' future in doubt amid a Renault takeover, Grosjean signed with the new Haas outfit for 2016 and scored points on the American team's debut in Australia. His first season with Haas was mixed in terms of results and plagued with brake issues -- which continued into 2017 as well. As he has throughout his career, Grosjean continues to show flashes of brilliance but a lack of consistency means he remains just off the biggest team's radars.
Strengths and Weaknesses
While most budding F1 champions begin their karting careers as young as five, Grosjean was told by his father he could not start racing until his grades improved at school. He has proved to be a fast learner throughout his career, but his tainted record in his first year in 2012 may have been too big a setback for F1's biggest teams to come calling.
A strong end to the 2013 Formula One season saw him shed his reputation as a crasher and cement his place among the top drivers in the sport.
Being banned from the 2012 Italian Grand Prix after causing a nasty accident at the previous race at Spa-Francorchamps.
"Being a Formula One driver has always been my dream and each time I get in the car still feels very special."
"We haven't given him a particularly good car and that is equally hard for a young driver to come in. So it hasn't been an easy birth for him in Formula One but that doesn't deny that he's got a lot of talent and I'm very sure that in the future we will see that talent exploited." Renault team principal Bob Bell.
Despite enjoying the glitz and glamour of life as an F1 driver, Grosjean worked part-time in a bank in Geneva in 2010. He also co-authored a cookery book with his wife.