Having lost his Renault F1 seat to Vitaly Petrov at the start of the year, Romain Grosjean has followed Giancarlo Fisichella's lead in signing a deal to race a GT sportscar this summer.

The Swiss driver has signed with Matech Competition to drive the #5 Ford GT1 entry alongside Germany's Thomas Mutsch from the opening round of the season in Abu Dhabi, which coincidentally falls on his 24th birthday.

"Like any driver, I am happy when I have a wheel in my hands," Grosjean commented, "The opportunity to join Martin Bartek's team allows me to discover a new environment and a growing discipline.

"The fact that the GT1 championship received the 'world' label represents a great challenge that I look forward to with great motivation. I know the team has worked a lot on the Ford GT1 for this new championship, and I hope that between Thomas and myself we will aim for the podium. We will put all our efforts to this.''

Matech GT Racing was formed in 2007, and originally competed with the Ford Mustang and GT3, securing the FIA GT3 European Team Championship title in 2008. It continued to race the GT3 into last season, securing victory in its class at the 24 Hours of Spa at the first attempt and finishing the season as FIA GT3 European vice-champions.

"The arrival of Romain Grosjean brings great value to our team," Bartek admitted, "Romain is young and has already accumulated victories and titles in all disciplines of racing cars, results that led him to F1. His experience and his speed, combined with the qualities of Thomas Mutsch will allow us to see the future with eager anticipation."



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