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Romain Grosjean

The lowdown on Romain Grosjean

Lee McKenzie's view

"Romain Grosjean - who is Swiss but races under the French flag - has two sons and is a dedicated family man. I know he also loves his Scotch whisky but I'm sure he doesn't drink and drive!

"He has been so loyal to the Enstone team but I think in many ways he needed to leave where he started to find himself. 

"He's now made the move to Haas and it was a brave choice go to. The American team looked very promising at the beginning of the year but reality has now kicked in. I still think Grosjean's move remains a good one in the long-term."

Few drivers get a second chance in F1, but Romain Grosjean is proof that first impressions shouldn’t always be damming.

Parachuted into F1 late in 2009, Renault’s protege struggled and was dropped for 2010, his career seemingly over before ever getting going.

Two character-building years away and a GP2 title was enough to earn a F1 return with Lotus in 2012. Grosjean was immediately quick, scoring three podiums, but he took serious flack for a series of messy accidents, most notably a first-lap pile-up at Spa which earned him a one-race ban.

A more mature Grosjean was magnificent in 2013, culminating in a brilliant second place finish in the USA, yet with Lotus in the midst of severe financial difficulties, 2014 and 2015 proved to be tough - a superb podium at Spa-Francorchamps last year aside.

Now at Haas, the Frenchman appears reborn and leads them on their new adventure into 2017 after a solid 2016 with the new kids on the grid.