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Boullier: 'Three teams' interested in Grosjean

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...
Even if there transpires to be no room at the inn at Lotus Renault GP in F1 2012, Romain Grosjean may still find himself on the grand prix grid next year, with Eric Boullier revealing that 'three teams' are interested in securing the current GP2 Series pace-setter's services.

Grosjean made his F1 debut as a replacement for Nelsinho Piquet at Renault in the wake of the salacious 'Singapore-gate' race-fixing scandal midway through 2009, but going up alongside double world champion Fernando Alonso and in an uncompetitive car to-boot, he was always on something of a hiding-to-nothing, truth be told.

Released at the end of the campaign, the Swiss-born Frenchman turned to sportscars and later last year returned to GP2. Remaining in the F1 feeder category in 2011 with DAMS, he currently leads the title standings with three victories from the opening ten races, and Lotus Renault GP managing director Boullier – who also runs the Gravity Sport Management stable of which Grosjean is a member – reflects that the 25-year-old is now finally ready to make the graduation to the highest level.

The Frenchman is reportedly evaluating the former F3 Euroseries Champion and inaugural GP2 Asia Series Champion as a replacement for the underwhelming Nick Heidfeld this season – and it is speculated that he could join the Enstone-based outfit in 2012 should the injured Robert Kubica prove unable to return – but even if that is not possible, Boullier concedes that Grosjean is in demand with as many as 'three teams' already chasing his signature.

“As I am very close to him, I can confirm that he is different now, much more mature than two years ago,” he is quoted as having said by French sports newspaper L'Équipe, adding in an interview with Brazilian publication Globo Esporte: “We're waiting to see what happens with Robert.”

“Vitaly [Petrov] has a contract to the end of 2012,” added Lotus Renault GP majority owner Gérard Lopez. “We could consider Vitaly with Romain, but that doesn't depend on us. It depends on the health of Robert.”

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10/2/2011- Eric Boullier (FRA), Team Manager, Renault F1 Team
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Romain Grosjean (FRA, Dams) celebrates his victory on the podium. Nurburgring sprint race - July 2011. [Photo credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.]
Romain Grosjean (FRA, Dams) who was among those penalised for causing an accident during the qualifying session. 2011 GP2 Series. Round 3. Monte Carlo, Monaco. 26th May 2011. Thursday Qualifying. [Picture credit: Charles Coates/GP2 Media Service.]
2011 GP2 Series. Round 1. Istanbul Park, Istanbul Turkey. 6th May. Friday Qualifying. Romain Grosjean (FRA, Dams). [Picture credit: Drew Gibson/GP2 Media Service.]
Romain Grosjean (FRA, Dams) at the Nurburgring on Frday, July 22 2011. [Picture credit: Drew Gibson/GP2 Media Service.]
Romain Grosjean (FRA, Dams) crosses the line to take victory in the GP2 sprint race at Silverstone. July 2011. [Photo credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.]
Romain Grosjean (FRA, Dams) celebrates his victory in the GP2 sprint race at Silverstone on the podium. July 2011. [Photo credit: Jacob Ebery/GP2 Media Service.]
Romain Grosjean (FRA, Dams) celebrates his victory on the podium. Nurburgring sprint race - July 2011. [Photo credit: Andrew Ferraro/GP2 Media Service.]
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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.

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.

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