Romain Grosjean is hopeful that his deal to test for Pirelli at Monza this week can be turned into a longer-term agreement as he seeks to move back towards a return to the F1 grid.
Following Nick Heidfeld's decision to take up a race seat with Sauber for the remainder of the season, Pirelli elected to call upon the services of the French driver for its latest development test at Monza – which gets underway today.
A decision has yet to be taken on whether or not the deal will be extended beyond the Monza test, but Grosjean said he was hopeful that he would keep the role for the remainder of the season.
“At the conclusion of these tests the decision will be made about whether or not we continue together,” he told Auto Hebdo
. “A decision will have to be taken quickly though, as another test will begin again the following week. I hope to be with it until the end.
“I am keen to get behind the wheel of an F1 car again, especially as the Toyota was one of the best cars at the end of last season.
"Also to again accumulate kilometres at the wheel of an F1 car is of course a good step towards returning to the sport.”
Having lost his role with Renault at the end of 2009, Grosjean switched to sportscars with the Matech team in the FIA GT1 World Championshp before being given the opportunity to move back into single-seaters with a drive with DAMS in GP2.
Grosjean has also now signed up with the Gravity Sport Management group headed by Renault F1 team boss Eric Boullier, with Boullier insisting that the Pirelli tests were the ideal way for Grosjean to show F1 teams what he has to offer.
"It's obviously a very good thing for him," Boullier said. "It allows him to drive a Formula One car and gives him credibility within the paddock. He deserves a second chance."