Romain Grosjean will be the ING Renault F1 team's official test and reserve driver in 2009, it has been announced.
Grosjean acted as an official test driver for the Regie
in 2008 too, however, with Lucas di Grassi also with the squad last season and named the 'third' driver, the Frenchman didn't get much running.
Grosjean was present today at the launch of Renault's new challenger, the R29, which was officially unveiled at the Algarve Motor Park circuit this morning, with race drivers' Fernando Alonso and Nelson Piquet Jr pulling the wraps off the car.
The car featured a fresh new livery in the colours of the team's principal partner ING, as well as eye-catching Total branding following confirmation of a new three-year technical partnership.
"We're very pleased to continue our sponsorship and Technology Partnership with ING Renault F1 Team," said Christophe de Margerie, CEO, Total. "It's a great partnership for Total group to be aligned with Renault in a legacy of excellence, as well as providing a good global venue for our brand presence.
"For Total, another key benefit – apart from winning Formula 1 races with a truly outstanding motorsports team – is to use our on-track research and testing to develop and deliver new and more efficient products that benefit everyday drivers under the most demanding driving conditions."