2011 Lotus Renault GP R31Enlarge Photo
Before he claimed his 2011 GP2 title, Grosjean earned the F3 Euroseries and GP2 Asia Series championships. He graduated to the Renault F1 team as a test driver in 2008 and stepped up to a race seat for the second half of the 2009 season. This marks his second time as a race driver for the team.
Grosjean's assignment is a cooperative venture between Lotus Renault Grand Prix and Total Sport; the two companies have renewed their sponsorship agreement for another year.
"I am thrilled to be one of the team's race drivers in 2012. There's a big grin on my face at the prospect of getting behind the wheel of next year's car," said Grosjean, "and I feel very privileged to be given the opportunity. To be racing alongside a former world champion and someone who is hungry and returning to Formula 1 will be a great experience and I'm sure will help raise my level of performance, too.
"I feel that my successful season in GP2 has helped me mature a lot," he continued. "I am a much more complete driver than I was last time I was competing in this sport. Returning to Enstone as a race driver feels like coming home. I wish to thank Total, which supports me since 2006."
© 2011 Anne Proffit