F1 » Petrov: Mid-season 2009 debut did for Grosjean's F1 2010 chances


Vitaly Petrov has attempted to shed some light upon the reason why his Renault F1 predecessor Romain Grosjean was not retained into 2010 - suggesting his former GP2 Series team-mate made a mistake in joining the grand prix grid midway through 2009

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Martin - Unregistered

February 22, 2010 12:11 PM

Petrov's probably right, but I think Formula 1 has been far too judgmental on Grosjean. Coming into an uncompetitive car miseason with no testing was always a very difficult task. If anything Alguersuari had it slightly easier due to lower expectations and a less capable team-mate, which may be why he's been retained and Romain hasn't.

It would be a real shame if this hugely promising driver never gets a proper chance - he was closer to Alonso's pace than Piquet was in early 2009, despite Nelsinho's experience. There's no disgrace in being beaten by a former World Champion when you debut, a lot of greats have lost out to their first team-mate under easier circumstances

Beamer - Unregistered

February 22, 2010 4:02 PM

Stepping into an F1 car in the middle of the year without testing can really make or break your career. It didn't do any good to Grosjean, but it secured a seat for Kobayashi this year.

Taz

February 22, 2010 4:24 PM

Beamer makes a decent point, Kobayashi did pretty good and even Alguersuari seemed to do better than Grojean although he was trundling round at the back of the grid so hard to say.

Maybe he did get dropped in it with no testing but even when he was up to speed (sort off) you always knew some disaster was just round the corner.

None of his drives really stuck out at all, not that Alguersuari's did either, only Kobayashi made a lasting impression.

richard

February 22, 2010 6:18 PM

grosjean did a fair job. bear in mind that the renault was a dog of a car, and even ferdi couldnt get it to go even reasonably well. grosjean is probably a better bet than some of the latest newcomers. he should be given a proper chance to prove himself

JOSE - Unregistered

February 22, 2010 8:49 PM

So he started in the middle of the season ... he didn't improve at season end .. I really don't think he has the ability to be competitive in F1...simply he was not as quick as NP, he just didn't have it.....

Here comes big bucks Petrov (15 mil??). One rule remains unbroken, you can't "buy" ability dude.
Come Monaco we will know if you are a true F1 driver or just a gold plated seat warmer.

JOSE

Nanbawan - Unregistered

February 23, 2010 1:08 AM

One has to keep in mind that Grosjean did not have access to a simulator like Kobayashi and Alguersuari did.

Kamui did nice but it was a completely different context and I don't see why it should bury Romain who was racing in another car anyway...

And yeah, Grosjean was as quick if not quicker than NP who has had the luxury of having 2 pre season testing trainings.

Unfortunately for him, Romain was Branded product of the Btiatore era by the new Renault and they needed the bucks, so OK they chose someone else who's not better...

What really pains me is that the Franco-Swiss driver's F1 career seems already dusted after 7 GP only and that's unfair IMO.

john - Unregistered

February 23, 2010 10:28 AM

Is Petrov implying he was asked to take the seat before Grosjean? Unless they wanted his money then as much as they do now that's hard to believe. Grosjean's sub-F1 record is significantly better than Petrov's. You don't win the F3 Euroseries by accident.

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