F1 » 'Three teams' interested in Grosjean, reveals Boullier


Lotus Renault GP managing director Eric Boullier has disclosed that as many as 'three teams' have been enquiring after GP2 Series pace-setter Romain Grosjean's services for F1 2012...

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me - Unregistered

July 28, 2011 2:27 PM

grosjean first run in f1 was a bust and usually if this is the case with a 1st attempt in formula1 this shows something about ones ability to compete a this level, he's 2nd will be close to a bust too, i guess, i might be wrong but is what i believe, will see i think after monza when is rumored grosjean will drive for renault replacing nick

Jez - Unregistered

July 28, 2011 3:31 PM

I was very disappointed to see Grosjean miss out on a seat in 2010, especially the way Petrov drove that year. He drove very well for someone who walked into the seat with no testing in the car.

While Petrov has improved massively this year, I do hope that Romain gets a full time drive. As well as Hulkenberg. It's a shame the pay drivers are taking the seats off the real talent, but that's the way this sport works at the moment.

Tim - Unregistered

July 28, 2011 4:50 PM

Unfortunately there is no money following Grosjean, his only backers are Geni Capital, and LRGP's Malaysian masters will not want Grosjean they have their preferred driver lined up. Eric Boullier is throwing feathers in the air to see where they land.

dave - Unregistered

July 28, 2011 5:29 PM
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spot on tim

Manager talks up driver.

Genii capial are an investment co, so boullier has to justify to the shareholders hiring grosjean on more than just his Nationalty... or who just happens to manage him.

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Fat Eric - Unregistered

July 28, 2011 6:26 PM

Grosjean does look good in GP2, but who is he up against this season all second, third & forth year GP2 drivers if these guys have not made it to F1 by now forget the lot of them. Follow the route Red Bull send their drivers.........WSBR

Another thing no one mentions is Grosjean did a lot of the Pirelli pre season tyre testing enough to exclude him from the GP2 championship this year thus giving him a terrific advantage coupled to the fact that Dams and Eric Boullier are joined at the hip another advantage for Grosjean with all the data that can flow back and forth

One current GP2 driver may make it through Sam Bird not setting the world alight but for a few mistakes he could have been taking it to Grosjean

As for LRGP they need 2 top class drivers to show what their car can really do and that will rule Grosjean out.

Nanbawan - Unregistered

July 28, 2011 9:53 PM

Romain had a hard deal in 2009, amidst the Crashgate scandal with a dog of a car that even Alonso had issues to do anything spectacular with. Had the ownership of the team not changed, he would probably have been a Renault driver through 2010. Alas, it was a case of wrong place at the wrong time for him.

And let's not forget he didn't enjoy the intensive use of a simulator at Renault unlike Toyota - which had also a better car - for instance. In these times of testing bans, this proved to be important. I don't think we can fairly judge a driver after just 7 GPs especially in those conditions.

He should have a proper F1 seat and at least a full season to prove himself and then we'll see what he can do out of it. Anyway, he's doing the best he can do about that so far...

brendan - Unregistered

July 29, 2011 7:27 AM

its right he deserves another crack at it. Tho what frustrated most about him first time around was he refused to learn. I remember there being issues with how to warm up the brakes, he wouldnt follow or even try the way fernando was doing it.

but he was young, so certainly deserves a full season to develop.

but the question that should be asked is why on earth does petrov have a seat until end of 2012??? why didnt they just sign him to one year. he certainly didnt deserve 2!

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