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Valsecchi to replace Grosjean?


Davide Valsecchi's decision to leave the Durango is widely expected to be followed by a second announcement confirming as Romain Grosjean's replacement at Barwa Addax.

The Italian team revealed Tuesday that Valsecchi's management had requested the immediate end to his contractual obligations, but shed no light on why the two-time GP2 Series race winner was departing. However, series insiders claim that, as soon as Grosjean is confirmed as Nelson Piquet Jr's replacement at Renault F1, Valsecchi will be named as Vitaly Petrov's new team-mate at the former Campos team.

The rumour has a strong basis too, for Valsecchi joined the Renault Driver Development scheme, alongside Grosjean, in January and the Campos/Addax set-up has frequently provided a home for the regie's protégés, with Lucas di Grassi and Ben Hanley - ironically no longer part of the scheme - having both raced under the banner. Speculation also suggests that Valsecchi may follow in Grosjean's footsteps by becoming Renault's next nominated test and reserve driver.

Durango has yet to nominate a replacement for the Italian alongside another former RDD prospect, Nelson Panciatici, for next weekend's Valencia round.



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Davide Valsecchi - Durango Corse    [pic credit: GP2]
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Rio Haryanto (INA, Barwa Addax Team) during after the Sunday sprint race at Silverstone - June 30, 2013. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jon Lancaster (GBR, Hilmer Motorsport) celebrates his victory on the podium with Rio Haryanto (INA, Barwa Addax Team) and James Calado (GBR, ART Grand Prix) after the Sunday sprint race at Silverstone - June 30, 2013. (World Copyright: Jakob Ebrey/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jon Lancaster (GBR, Hilmer Motorsport) celebrates his victory on the podium with Rio Haryanto (INA, Barwa Addax Team) and James Calado (GBR, ART Grand Prix) after the Sunday sprint race at Silverstone - June 30, 2013. (World Copyright: Jakob Ebrey/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jon Lancaster (GBR, Hilmer Motorsport) celebrates his victory with Rio Haryanto (INA, Barwa Addax Team) and James Calado (GBR, ART Grand Prix) after the Sunday sprint race at Silverstone - June 30, 2013. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
GP3 driver Tio Ellinas will test Marussia F1 car in 2013   [pic credit: GP3 Series]
GP3 driver Tio Ellinas will test Marussia F1 car in 2013   [pic credit: GP3 Series]
Rio Haryanto (INA, Barwa Addax Team) on the second day of 2013 GP2 Series Testing at the Circuit de Jerez in Spain. Wednesday 27th February 2013. (Photo copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jake Rosenzweig (USA, Barwa Addax Team). Portrait.(World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service)
The GP2 Series class of 2012 before the first race of the season at Sepang, Malaysia. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Adrian Quaife Hobbs (GBR, Barwa Addax Team) during the first day of post-season testing at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain on Thursday October 30 2012. (Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jake Rosenzweig (USA, Barwa Addax Team) during the first day of post-season testing at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain on Thursday October 30 2012. (Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Davide Valsecchi (ITA, Dams) celebrates winning the 2012 GP2 Series championship. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service)
Davide Valsecchi (ITA, Dams) and Luiz Razia (BRA, Arden International) ahead of the Singapore title decider (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service)
Davide Valsecchi (ITA, Dams) celebrates after winning the 2012 GP2 Series drivers championship (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.)

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