Renault today officially ended the period of guessing and speculations. As expected Romain Grosjean has been officially confirmed as Renault F1 driver replacing Nelson Piquet jr.
This season Romain has been the team’s third driver and has attended all races. In 2007 he was Formula 3 Euro Series champion and in 2008 he won the GP2 Asia Series. This season, Romain has been competing in the GP2 Series with Barwa Addax and has won 2 races.
“We are happy to give Romain the chance to start racing with the team. He is an impressive young talent and we expect him to show his skills driving alongside Fernando as we take an aggressive approach to the second half of the season. We would also like to thank Nelson for his contribution during the time he has been with us and wish him all the best for the future.” – Flavio Briatore
“I am very proud that the Renault F1 Team has given me the chance to become a race driver. I’m looking forward to driving the R29 and helping the team get the best results possible. It’s also an honour to be Fernando’s teammate and to make my Formula One debut alongside a double world champion is especially motivating.” – Romain Grosjean
Funny enough, the official Renault line is that Nelson’s departure follows a mutual agreement that that course of action is in the best interests of both parties…