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Renault pair not worried by Grosjean deal

Vitaly Petrov and Bruno Senna not worried that Romain Grosjean will join Renault for Friday practice in the final two rounds of F1 2011
Renault drivers Vitaly Petrov and Bruno Senna insist they aren't worried by the announcement that Romain Grosjean will take part in Friday practice during the final two events of the 2011 season.

Having wrapped up the GP2 title, Grosjean will now drive the R31 in both Abu Dhabi and Brazil- replacing Senna in FP1 at Yas Marina and Petrov at Interlagos in a move team boss Eric Boullier said will make the Franco-Swiss racer a 'better driver' [See separate story HERE].

Speculation has suggested for some time that Grosjean is being lined up for a return to an F1 race seat next season after his part campaign back in 2009, but Petrov insisted he wasn't worried about his drive with a contract in place already for 2012.

"I'm comfortable, I have my place," he told ESPN. "I think it's a very good opportunity for Romain, to give him some laps to drive. At least we know the track so it's not a big problem, if it had happened in India then yes it would be a bigger problem.

“I think it's a good chance for him to try and then the team can decide whether he is good or not. At least he can learn what to do."

Senna meanwhile, who replaced Nick Heidfeld in a race seat at Spa having signed up a test and reserve driver at the start of the year, welcomed the extra competition as he too hopes to secure a race seat for 2012 – with question marks still existing over Robert Kubica after his accident earlier in the year.

"I think out of the Friday losses I'm taking the smaller hit because Abu Dhabi will be very dirty to start with on Friday," he said. "So it should be OK for me to jump in the car in the afternoon and still get some good work done with the guys. It's competition, but competition is there every time you're in the car in Formula One so there is nothing wrong with it."


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Me - Unregistered

November 04, 2011 1:49 AM

I do wonder if KUbica is seriously thinking twice about returning with this team. Is has shown that it is no where near capable of achieving a world Championship in the next 10 years and if KUbica is able to come back as strong as he was before he knows he is capable. Where would Kubica go is the main Question? Petrov is Russian and now there is a Russian team so I have feeling Senna and Grojean in the Lotus next year.

Jason - Unregistered

November 03, 2011 4:16 PM

Why should they worry over this seat Renault are going backwards Grosjean has no money its just Boulier Grosjean's manager putting him in the shop window



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