LRGP managing director Eric Boullier spoke of how impressed he'd been with Grosjean's performance overall this season. "Romain has shown a lot of maturity in the past twelve months both through his GP2 Series victory and his development as third driver with us," he said.
Grosjean agreed that his 2011 season had been key to his chances. "I feel that my successful season in GP2 Series has helped me mature a lot, and I am a much more complete driver than I was last time I was competing in this sport," he said. "I will not disappoint and I wish to thank all the people without whom this return to F1 would not have been possible."
Now Grosjean will find himself alongside another former champion in Kimi Raïkkönen, and will need to establishing himself quickly within the team if recent history is not to repeat itself again in 2012. But he's not phased, and clearly believes that the stars are far better aligned for him in F1 in 2012 then they ever were in 2009.
"To be racing alongside a former world champion and someone who is hungry and returning to F1 will be a great experience," he insisted. "There's a big grin on my face at the prospect of getting behind the wheel of next year's car, and I feel very privileged to be given this opportunity."