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Boullier: Grosjean earned his chance

Eric Boullier says Romain Grosjean deserves a second chance in F1
Eric Boullier has insisted that Romain Grosjean has done enough to deserve a second chance at F1 after the he was confirmed in the second seat with Lotus for the 2012 season.

Grosjean endured a ill-fated spell with Renault back in 2009 and lost his drive at the end of the season, going on to compete in sportscars before returning to GP2 to claim the title this season.

Having then taken part in Friday practice for two races with Renault, the team confirmed he would return to a race seat alongside Kimi Raikkonen next year after both Vitaly Petrov and Bruno Senna were dropped, and Boullier insisted that the decision to go with Grosjean was made on merit.

“Romain has been with us for quite a few months now and he has had several aims to achieve from the personal, professional and sporting points of view,” he said. “He had to find his footing again in a team which he left in what were certainly not the most reassuring circumstances.

“He achieved all these aims one by one until we decided to give him the opportunity to drive for us in free practice in the last two races of the season. He proved to the team that he had enough talent, speed and maturity to become one of the works drivers for next year.”

Boullier also denied that the decision to go with Grosjean was only down to his nationality.

“Absolutely not!” he said. “It was just another point in his favour. For our French partners like Total it's a godsend to be able to take advantage of his presence as one of our drivers.”



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26.11.2011- Saturday Practice, Romain Grosjean (FRA), Test Driver, Lotus Renault GP, R31
25.11.2011- Friday Practice 1, Romain Grosjean (FRA), Test Driver, Lotus Renault GP, R31
Romain Grosjean. Lotus Renault GP
27.11.2016 - Race, Jolyon Palmer (GBR) Renault Sport F1 Team RS16 and Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Haas F1 Team VF-16
27.11.2016 - Race, Jolyon Palmer (GBR) Renault Sport F1 Team RS16 and Jenson Button (GBR)  McLaren Honda MP4-31
27.11.2016 - Race, Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11 and Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-16
27.11.2016 - Race, Kevin Magnussen (DEN) Renault Sport F1 Team RS16
27.11.2016 - Race, Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34 leads Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-16
27.11.2016 - Race, Kevin Magnussen (DEN) Renault Sport F1 Team RS16 and Pascal Wehrlein (GER) Manor Racing MRT05
27.11.2016 - Race, Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Haas F1 Team VF-16 leads Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-16
27.11.2016 - Race, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-16 leads Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Haas F1 Team VF-16
27.11.2016 - Race, Jolyon Palmer (GBR) Renault Sport F1 Team RS16 leads Jenson Button (GBR)  McLaren Honda MP4-31
27.11.2016 - Kevin Magnussen (DEN) Renault Sport F1 Team RS16
27.11.2016 - Jolyon Palmer (GBR) Renault Sport F1 Team RS16
27.11.2016 - Jerome Stoll (FRA) Renault Sport F1 President
27.11.2016 - Kevin Magnussen (DEN) Renault Sport F1 Team RS16
27.11.2016 - Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-16, Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34 and Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren Honda MP4-31
27.11.2016 - Renault Sport F1 Team group photo, Jolyon Palmer (GBR) Renault Sport F1 Team RS16 and Kevin Magnussen (DEN) Renault Sport F1 Team RS16

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chrian - Unregistered

December 12, 2011 11:09 PM

Team managers/directors should not be allowed to be driver managers/agents. This inherent conflict of interest has caused so many issues over the years. A team manager who is also a driver manager cannot be trusted to make a decision that is anything but in his own best interests, not the teams, nor the drivers. I would have thought the Flavio adventures of recent history would have been the final straw after many, many other similar situations.

no name - Unregistered

December 12, 2011 10:07 PM

Yes I'm so sure that Grosjean being French has nothing whatsoever to so with it. Total and Renault had no influence in bringing in a french driver. Such rubbish.



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