The lowdown on Romain Grosjean
2017: 13th. Born: 17/4/1986.
Romain Grosjean is still making the most of his second chance in elite motorsport.
Now in his third season with Haas, in the position as established team leader in his early 30s, it’s hard to believe that his debut foray almost a decade ago lasted only one year.
And then when he did return to the grid in 2012 – having tried racing in other formats – that his involvement in several chaotic incidents would lead to some of his peers questioning whether he should indeed have been allowed back.
But by the end of his four years at Lotus, the Switzerland-born French racer’s reputation was largely rebuilt as he found poise and subtlety to go with his undoubted speed.
Despite difficulties within the team, which would be re-bought by Renault after he left, Grosjean racked up eight podiums.
He then made the gamble of switching to Haas, the first American team on the grid since 1986.
Grosjean surprised everyone by placing sixth and fifth in their first two races of 2016, though he managed only three more top-10 finishes that season and ended up 13th in the drivers’ standings.
Grosjean repeated that placing in 2017, but was in the points eight times as Haas maintained eighth on the 10-team grid.