Romain Grosjean's first request on winning the F3 Euroseries title this year was that he not be allowed to learn the ropes in the GP2 Series with a midfield team. Now his wish has been granted.

Having seen fellow Renault Driver Development scheme member Lucas di Grassi endure a year with Durango before being promoted to the crack ART Grand Prix line-up, Grosjean was keen to jump straight into a leading seat in order to retain his RDD membership, which typically insists on stiff performance criteria from year to year. Now, just days after being confirmed as Renault F1's latest test and reserve pilot, and using his links with the ASM F3 operation, the Frenchman has had his request fulfilled, with confirmation that he is to follow di Grassi through the doors at ART.

"I am very happy that Frederic Vasseur and Nicolas Todt have given me the chance to evolve in the best GP2 team, and I hope to be able to pay them back with some good results," Grosjean admitted, "I am also very happy to continue working with the same team that brought me to the title in the F3 Euroseries, and the objective will be to repeat this result in GP2."

The 2008 campaign will be the first in which ART returns to the fray not carrying the champion's #1 plate on its cars, having been beaten to the title this year by Timo Glock and iSport International, but co-owner Vasseur believes that Grosjean has the talent to fight for the crown in his rookie year.

"The speed, technical knowledge and dedication shown by Romain in his work is a guarantee that ART will have one of the best drivers of his generation, " the Frenchman explained, "The fact that he knows our team so well will smooth the progress of his adaptation to a very demanding championship."

ART won both its GP2 titles with series rookies, with a certain Lewis Hamilton succeeding Nico Rosberg as champion in 2006, and Todt agrees with Vasseur's assertion that Grosjean could be the man to return the team to the top step in 2008.

"Romain is the second driver after Lewis who symbolises the synergy between GP2 and the F3 Euroseries within the ART Grand Prix team," he pointed out, emphasising the close working relationship between the outfit's two main programmes, "We will recreate the same conditions for Romain that we had in place for Lewis and hope to get the benefit from them.

"It is also important for ART to continue working with the Renault Driver Development programme and we are thrilled that Romain cements this profitable collaboration."

The identity of Grosjean's team-mate remains unconfirmed, but there were no shortage of applicants during GP2's two post-season tests, with Luca Filippi, Pastor Maldonado, Davide Valsecchi and Yelmer Buurman among those to have run with the team.

 

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