Romain Grosjean  France

  • Full name Romain Grosjean
  • Birth date April 17, 1986
  • Birthplace Geneva, Switzerland
  • Current age 29 years 302 days
  • Height 1.8 m
  • Weight 71 kg
  • Current team Haas
  • Previous teams Renault, Renault
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2015 World Championship
# Grand Prix Circuit Date Car Pos Pts Qual FL
1 Australia Albert Park March 15 Renault (E23 Hybrid) ret 9
2 Malaysia Sepang March 29 Renault (E23 Hybrid) 11 10
3 China Shanghai April 12 Renault (E23 Hybrid) 7 6 8
4 Bahrain BIC April 19 Renault (E23 Hybrid) 7 6 10
5 Spain Catalunya May 10 Renault (E23 Hybrid) 8 4 11
6 Monaco Monaco May 24 Renault (E23 Hybrid) 12 15
7 Canada Gilles Villeneuve June 7 Renault (E23 Hybrid) 10 1 5
8 Austria Spielberg June 21 Renault (E23 Hybrid) ret 9
9 Great Britain Silverstone July 5 Renault (E23 Hybrid) ret 12
10 Hungary Hungaroring July 26 Renault (E23 Hybrid) 7 6 10
11 Belgium Spa August 23 Renault (E23 Hybrid) 3 15 9
12 Italy Monza September 6 Renault (E23 Hybrid) ret 8
13 Singapore Singapore September 20 Renault (E23 Hybrid) 13 10
14 Japan Suzuka September 27 Renault (E23 Hybrid) 7 6 8
15 Russia Sochi October 11 Renault (E23 Hybrid) ret 8
16 United States Austin October 25 Renault (E23 Hybrid) ret 10
17 Mexico Mexico City November 1 Renault (E23 Hybrid) 10 1 12
18 Brazil Interlagos November 15 Renault (E23 Hybrid) 8 4 14
19 Abu Dhabi Yas Marina November 29 Renault (E23 Hybrid) 9 2 18
World Championship Career
Year Car Race Start Won Pod Class Best Pole Front Best Lap Hat Pts Pos
2009 Renault 7 7 0 0 5 13 0 0 12 0 0 0 -
2012 Renault 19 19 0 3 12 2 0 1 2 1 0 96 8
2013 Renault 19 19 0 6 15 2 0 0 3 0 0 132 7
2014 Renault 19 19 0 0 12 8 0 0 5 0 0 8 14
2015 Renault 19 19 0 1 13 3 0 0 5 0 0 51 11
Total 83 83 0 10 57 2 0 1 2 1 0 287
Race Circuit Date
First race European Grand Prix Valencia August 23, 2009 Race results
Last race Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Yas Marina November 29, 2015 Race results
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Born in Geneva to a Swiss father and a French mother, Grosjean was a relatively late starter to the world of motorsport, 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 for Renault in F1.

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 season, Grosjean was promoted and made his F1 debut in August at the European Grand Prix.

His 15th place didn't set the world alight 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 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 the two Saubers in a crash that could have had very serious consequences. The stewards banned him for 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 with Grosjean for 2013 and after a cautious start by mid-season he was showing real signs of consistency. 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 him a real candidate for race wins 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 the future of the team in doubt, Grosjean signed with new team Haas for 2016.

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. His composure at the top level still leaves a lot to be desired. He collided with Ferrari's Luca Badoer on the opening lap of his debut race, and then just a week later at Spa hit Jenson Button, causing them both to retire.

Career High
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.

Career Low
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, in recent years Grosjean has worked part-time in a bank in Geneva.

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