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Romain Grosjean
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Grosjean during the 2021 Long Beach Grand Prix
Nationality France French
Switzerland Swiss
Born (1986-04-17) 17 April 1986 (age 36)
Geneva, Switzerland
IndyCar Series career
30 races run over 2 years
Team(s) No. 28 (Andretti Autosport)
Best finish 13th (2022)
First race 2021 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama (Birmingham)
Last race 2022 Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey
Wins Podiums Poles
0 4 1
Formula One World Championship career
Active years 2009, 2012–2020
Teams Renault, Lotus, Haas
Car number 8
Entries 154 (152 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 10
Career points 383
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 1
First entry 2009 European Grand Prix
Last entry 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix
2020 position 19th (2 pts)
Previous series
200920
2010
2010
2008–11
2008, 2011
2006–07
2004–05
2004–05
2003
Formula One
Auto GP
FIA GT1 World Championship
GP2 Series
GP2 Asia Series
Formula 3 Euro Series
Formula Renault Eurocup
French Formula Renault
Formula Lista Junior 1.6
Championship titles
2011
2011
2010
2008
2007
2005
2003
GP2 Series
GP2 Asia Series
Auto GP
GP2 Asia Series
Formula 3 Euro Series
French Formula Renault
Formula Lista Junior 1.6
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 2010
Teams Matech Competition
Best finish DNF (2010)
Class wins 0

Romain David Jeremie Grosjean (French: [ʁɔmɛ̃ ɡʁoʒɑ̃]; born 17 April 1986) is a Swiss-French professional racing driver, competing under the French flag in the NTT IndyCar Series, driving the No. 28 Honda for Andretti Autosport. Grosjean had previously spent nine full-time seasons in Formula One for a variety of teams, picking up 10 podiums, all with Lotus.

He dominated the 2005 French Formula Renault championship at his first attempt and joined the Renault young driver programme. He was the 2007 Formula 3 Euro Series drivers' champion. In 2008, he became the inaugural GP2 Asia Series champion and came fourth in his first year in GP2. In 2009 he made his Formula One debut for Renault at the European Grand Prix and came fourth again in GP2 despite missing the final eight races. After being dropped by Renault, he returned to junior formulae, winning the 2010 Auto GP championship at the first attempt and winning the 2011 GP2 Asia Series and GP2 Series becoming the first – and as of 2021, only – two-time GP2 Asia champion and the only driver to hold both the GP2 Asia series and main GP2 series titles simultaneously. Due to the Asia and Main GP2 series being discontinued, this will likely remain true for the foreseeable future.

In 2012, Grosjean returned to Formula One with the Lotus F1 Team, alongside Kimi Räikkönen. He took his first Formula One podium at the 2012 Bahrain Grand Prix and took his first fastest lap in the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix. He became the first driver since 1994 to receive a race ban after causing a multi-car pile-up, at the 2012 Belgian Grand Prix. In 2013 he remained with Lotus, taking six podiums. He drove for Lotus again alongside Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado in the 2014 and 2015 seasons and achieved a podium finish at the 2015 Belgian Grand Prix before moving to Haas from 2016 to 2020. In what would be his final Formula One race, Grosjean survived a dramatic crash during the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix when his car separated in two and caught fire after penetrating a metal guardrail on the first lap. Grosjean sustained minor burns and credited the halo with saving his life.

After the 2020 Formula One season, Grosjean moved to the IndyCar Series. He obtained his first pole position and podium in his third race, the Grand Prix of Indianapolis.

Early life

Grosjean was born in Geneva, Switzerland. He was born to a Swiss father and a French mother. He is the great-grandson of Edgar Brandt, weapon designer and founder of Brandt. He is also the grandson of skier Fernand Grosjean, silver medalist in giant slalom at the 1950 World Ski Championship in Aspen.

Early racing career

Grosjean won all ten rounds of the 2003 Formula Lista Junior championship and moved to the French Formula Renault championship for 2004. He was seventh in that first season with one win and was champion in 2005 with ten victories. He also appeared in the Formula Renault Eurocup and finished on the podium twice in Valencia. With his results and potential in the Formula Renault series, Grosjean joined the Renault Driver Development programme for the continuation of his career.

Formula Three

Grosjean made his Formula Three debut at the 2005 Macau Grand Prix, standing in for Loïc Duval at Signature-Plus. He qualified 19th and raced to ninth, beating teammates Fábio Carbone and Guillaume Moreau.

He did a full season in the 2006 Formula 3 Euro Series but had a tough year, taking only one podium finish and ending the year 13th. In a one-off appearance in the British Formula Three Championship he started on pole position for both races at Pau, won both, and set the fastest lap in each.

He stayed in the Formula 3 Euro Series for 2007 but moved to the ASM team, for which Jamie Green, Lewis Hamilton, and Paul di Resta won the previous three titles. Sébastien Buemi led the championship in the early stages but Grosjean moved ahead with a victory in the ninth race of the season at Mugello. He maintained a lead in the standings from that point onwards and won the title at the final round of the year with one race in hand.

Grosjean took pole position for the prestigious Masters of Formula 3 race at Zolder but finished 14th after stalling at the start.

GP2 Series

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Grosjean driving for ART Grand Prix at the Silverstone round of the 2008 GP2 Series.

Grosjean drove for ART in the inaugural GP2 Asia Series season alongside Stephen Jelley, winning both races of the first round of the championship. He went on to win the championship with four race victories and sixty-one points overall.

He stayed with ART Grand Prix team for the 2008 GP2 Series. His teammates were Luca Filippi and Sakon Yamamoto.

In the first round at the Circuit de Catalunya, Grosjean started 11th after engine problems in qualifying. He rose through the field to finish fifth in the feature race, giving him fourth on the grid for the shorter sprint race. After a good start Grosjean was up to second and then passed Kobayashi for the lead. But Grosjean made a mistake on a late rolling restart and Kobayashi tried to pass him again for the lead. Grosjean moved across on Kobayashi to keep the position but the stewards decided his defensive move was illegal and gave him a drive-through penalty dropping him to 13th at the end of the race. Victory in the sprint race at Istanbul, the fourth round of the season, moved Grosjean into second place in the championship. Despite dropping back from this position, he finished the season fourth and achieved the distinction of being the highest-placed rookie in the championship.

2008 Formula 3 Euro Series champion Nico Hülkenberg joined Pastor Maldonado at ART for 2009, forcing Grosjean out of the team. Nonetheless, Renault placed him at 2008 team champions Campos Grand Prix for 2009, now known as Barwa Addax. Despite missing the last four rounds, Grosjean finished fourth in the championship standings.

Initial stint in Formula One

Grosjean was confirmed as Renault's test driver for 2008, replacing Nelson Piquet Jr., who graduated to a race seat. He drove a Formula One car for the first time at the UK round of the 2008 World Series by Renault weekend at Silverstone on 7 and 8 June 2008, where he gave a number of demonstrations of the previous year's R27 car.

Renault (2009)

He initially continued in the test driver role at Renault for 2009 but took over Piquet's seat in the wake of the Crashgate controversy from the European Grand Prix onwards. Grosjean qualified 14th at the European Grand Prix. He was knocked out of Q2 0.323 seconds off the pace of teammate Fernando Alonso. He finished 15th in the race after a first-lap collision with Luca Badoer necessitated a stop for a new front wing. For the next round in Belgium Grosjean qualified 19th, which he blamed on traffic and yellow flags. In the race, he was eliminated on the first lap after a collision with Jenson Button. At the Italian Grand Prix, Grosjean qualified a career-best 12th, but made a poor start, damaged his car with contact at the first corner, spun on the second lap, and finished 15th. He described himself as "very disappointed" after the race.

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Grosjean made his Formula One debut at the 2009 European Grand Prix.

At the Singapore Grand Prix, Grosjean qualified 19th after suffering brake problems. He was hopeful of making progress in the race, but the brake problems reappeared, forcing him to retire after just three laps. At the Japanese Grand Prix, Grosjean qualified 18th, which he blamed on rain throughout practice preventing him from fully learning the demanding Suzuka Circuit, which he had never driven on before. He was promoted to 17th due to Timo Glock being unable to start the race. He was unable to make progress in the race, finishing 16th after struggling with understeer throughout the race on the unfamiliar circuit. At the Brazilian Grand Prix, Grosjean suffered an accident in practice, although he escaped unhurt. He qualified 13th in his repaired car, gained positions at the start, but then slipped back down to 13th after complaining of grip and tyre temperature problems, his best result of the season. At the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Grosjean qualified 19th, and finished 18th and last, again complaining of brake problems during the race. He said afterward that he had "learnt an enormous amount this year, especially being a teammate to Fernando".

On 31 January 2010, after the end of the season news reports had doubts that Grosjean would keep his seat into 2010, Renault confirmed that Grosjean's former GP2 teammate at the Addax Team, Vitaly Petrov would be the team's second driver alongside Robert Kubica for the 2010 season, leaving Grosjean without a Formula One drive for 2010. However, in September 2010, it was confirmed by tyre manufacturer Pirelli that Grosjean would complete a test for the company, in anticipation of their return to supplying tyres to the F1 grid in 2011. Grosjean replaced Nick Heidfeld, who left his testing duties to take up a race seat at Sauber.

Stint outside of Formula One

Sportscars

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Grosjean driving a Ford GT at Silverstone

After leaving Formula One, Grosjean became involved in sportscar racing. In March 2010, Grosjean secured a drive in the inaugural FIA GT1 World Championship, driving a Ford GT1 for the Matech Competition team alongside German driver Thomas Mutsch. The pairing won the opening Championship Race of the season in Abu Dhabi and added a second victory at Brno in May to lead the standings after the first three rounds of the season.

In June 2010, Grosjean made his debut in the famous Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race, sharing a Ford GT1 with Mutsch and Jonathan Hirschi. After qualifying third in the LMGT1 class, they were forced to retire from the race after 171 laps.

Auto GP

In June 2010, Grosjean made a return to single-seaters, racing for the DAMS team in the third round of the Auto GP season at Spa-Francorchamps. After dominating practice and taking pole position, he won the feature race before finishing second to Carlos Iaconelli in the sprint event. Over the course of the weekend, Grosjean accumulated 18 points out of a possible 19 on offer and took away €80,000 prize money as the event's top points scorer. He went on to win three more races to take the title at Monza 16 points ahead of runner-up Edoardo Piscopo.

Return to GP2

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Grosjean won the 2011 GP2 Asia Series and GP2 Series championships on his full-time return to the category.

On 20 July 2010, Grosjean announced that he would return to GP2 with the DAMS team. He replaced the then Renault test driver Jérôme d'Ambrosio for the German round of the championship. He later substituted for D'Ambrosio's injured teammate, Ho-Pin Tung, from the Belgian round onwards (despite Tung recovering and returning to the series with a different team), finishing 3rd in Belgium and Abu Dhabi to take fourteenth place in the drivers' standings, only two positions behind D'Ambrosio.

Grosjean returned to GP2 full-time with DAMS for the 2011 GP2 Series and GP2 Asia Series seasons. He took two pole positions and one race victory to win the Asia Series by six points from Jules Bianchi, and also won the first race of the main series to lead that championship as well. He lost the championship lead to Giedo van der Garde, after the second round of the series, after an event which was hampered by disqualification due to a technical infringement, but regained it again the following week at Monaco, scoring points in both races despite starting from last place on the grid. After scoring four further wins as part of a mid-season run that included six consecutive podium finishes, he pulled clear of his pursuers and clinched the championship at the penultimate round at Spa-Francorchamps.

Return to Formula One

Lotus (2012–2015)

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Grosjean driving for Lotus at the 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix.

At the start of 2011, Grosjean returned to the newly branded Lotus Renault GP team as one of five test drivers along with Bruno Senna, Ho-Pin Tung, Jan Charouz and Fairuz Fauzy. Lotus Renault had planned to run Robert Kubica and Vitaly Petrov throughout 2011 but Kubica had a horrific rally accident and was unable to drive during 2011. Former BMW Sauber teammate Nick Heidfeld replaced Kubica for the first 11 races before himself being replaced by Senna from the Belgian Grand Prix onwards. In late October 2011, Lotus Renault announced that Grosjean would drive in the first Friday free practice session in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (replacing Senna) and the Brazilian Grand Prix (replacing Petrov).

On 9 December 2011, it was announced that Grosjean would make his comeback to Formula One in 2012, taking the second seat at the newly renamed Lotus F1 Team (formerly Renault, the team that Grosjean raced with in 2009) alongside 2007 World Champion Kimi Räikkönen.

2012

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Grosjean at the 2012 United States Grand Prix.

At the Australian Grand Prix, Grosjean set the second fastest time in the final free practice session, and while teammate Räikkönen was eliminated in the first part of qualifying, Grosjean made it into the top ten – for the first time, as his previous best was twelfth place – and ultimately qualified in third position. He fell to sixth at the start and retired on the second lap after a collision with Pastor Maldonado, which broke his right-front suspension. At the 2012 Bahrain Grand Prix he finished third, collecting his first Formula One podium and the first for a French driver since Jean Alesi at the 1998 Belgian Grand Prix. In Spain Grosjean started third, finished fourth and set his first fastest lap in Formula One; the first for a French driver since Alesi at the 1996 Monaco Grand Prix. At the 2012 Canadian Grand Prix, he collected his second Formula One podium with a career best finish of second, behind Lewis Hamilton.

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Grosjean at the 2012 British Grand Prix

At Valencia, Grosjean was running second when the car's electronics malfunctioned forcing Grosjean's first mechanical-related retirement of the season. At the British Grand Prix, Grosjean topped the timesheets during the first free practice session, but qualifying did not go as well; at the end of Q2 he spun into the gravel at the final corner after managing to get into Q3, this meant he could not take any further part in qualifying and started from tenth, although he was promoted to ninth after Nico Hülkenberg received a grid penalty. At the start of the race, he was involved in an incident with Paul di Resta, which forced a pit stop for a new front wing. However, Grosjean fought back through the field to finish in sixth just behind his teammate. At the German Grand Prix, Grosjean started nineteenth due to a gearbox penalty and finished eighteenth after picking up a puncture on lap one. A week later, at the Hungarian Grand Prix, Grosjean qualified second, the first time a French Formula One driver had started on the front row of the grid since Alesi at the 1999 French Grand Prix; Grosjean finished third in the race behind Hamilton and teammate Räikkönen.

2012 Japanese GP opening lap
Grosjean was involved in several first-lap accidents in his first full season of Formula One, including this collision with Mark Webber at the first corner of the 2012 Japanese Grand Prix.

At Spa Grosjean caused a multi-car pile-up at the start of the race, with Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Sergio Pérez all eliminated from the race as well as Grosjean; the incident was started when Grosjean drove into Hamilton on the approach to the La Source corner. Grosjean was given a one race ban post-race (the first driver to be banned since Michael Schumacher in 1994), as well as a fine of €50,000, with the FIA saying in a statement "The stewards regard this incident as an extremely serious breach of the regulations, which had the potential to cause injury to others. It eliminated leading championship contenders from the race. The stewards note [that] the team conceded the action was an extremely serious mistake and an error of judgement. Neither the team nor the driver made any submission in mitigation of penalty." He was replaced for the 2012 Italian Grand Prix by Lotus test and reserve driver Jérôme d'Ambrosio. His team boss, Éric Boullier said that Grosjean learned an important lesson following his ban, however at the Japanese Grand Prix, Grosjean crashed into Mark Webber at the first corner with Webber branding him a "first lap nutcase". Grosjean's actions were condemned by many drivers in the paddock. At the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Grosjean was involved in another first lap incident. In São Paulo Grosjean hit the back of Pedro de la Rosa's HRT in qualifying.

On 14–16 December Grosjean won the Race of Champions after a Grand Final victory over Le Mans legend Tom Kristensen at the Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok. The day before Grosjean finished in second place in the Nations' Cup event along with his teammate Sébastien Ogier in the French team, after defeat by Germany's Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher.

On 17 December 2012, it was confirmed that Grosjean would stay at Lotus for the 2013 season.

2013

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Grosjean testing the Lotus E21 in Barcelona.

He had three points-scoring finishes at the three opening races before receiving a new chassis to help his chances at Bahrain; he qualified 11th and climbed to third. At the next race in Spain, his suspension failed on lap 9. At the Monaco Grand Prix, Grosjean had three crashes during the practice sessions, leading his team principal, Boullier, to tell Grosjean to "wake up". He qualified 13th but his race ended when he crashed into the back of Daniel Ricciardo, earning him a 10-place grid penalty for the next race. At the Canadian Grand Prix he started last on the grid due to the grid penalty but ran as high as eighth in the race before finishing 13th as he had to stop for a third time due to heavy tyre wear. On the first lap of the British Grand Prix, Grosjean made contact with Mark Webber, damaging the front wing of Webber's car. Grosjean retired on the last lap while in 8th position due to serious front wing damage. At the German Grand Prix after qualifying 5th he led the race for a while and seemed to be on a faster pace than Sebastian Vettel but the intervention of the safety car changed the race. He was forced to let his teammate Kimi Räikkönen pass towards the end of the race as Räikkönen had faster tyres. Grosjean resisted Fernando Alonso to earn his second podium of the season behind Vettel and Räikkönen.

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Grosjean at the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix.

At the Hungarian Grand Prix Grosjean qualified 3rd on the grid but finished the race in 6th position after receiving a drive-through penalty for crossing the white line as he overtook Felipe Massa. After the race, he was given a further 20-second time penalty for colliding with Jenson Button, however, this did not affect his final position. At the Belgian Grand Prix Grosjean qualified 7th on the grid, and Lotus chose to operate a one-stop strategy on Grosjean's car. Later in the race, he was sent off track by Sergio Pérez while Pérez was attempting an overtake – Pérez received a drive-through penalty for the incident. Grosjean finished the race in 8th position after being overtaken by Massa towards the end of the race. At the Italian Grand Prix Grosjean qualified 13th as both Lotuses showed a slow pace in practice. After a slow pit stop, he came back to finish in 8th after many overtaking moves and resisting Lewis Hamilton on the last lap. In Singapore Grosjean had a difficult weekend full of mechanical problems; and despite qualifying 3rd, he was forced to retire due to an engine issue. At the Korean Grand Prix he qualified 4th and was moved up to third on the grid after a grid penalty for Webber. He made a good start in which he overtook Hamilton and was closing on Vettel until the safety car came out. This intervention aided Räikkönen's progression up the order, and after a small mistake, Grosjean was overtaken by his teammate. Grosjean maintained position behind Räikkönen and secured his third podium of the season, in third.

The next weekend, at Suzuka, he qualified 4th. After a poor start by the Red Bulls on the front row, Grosjean took the lead into the first corner and showed a good pace compared to the Red Bulls behind him, leading almost half the race. Vettel passed him on lap 28 and he was also later overtaken by Mark Webber, and finished 3rd for the second straight race. In India, Grosjean failed to reach Q2 on medium tyres to save softer tyres, and he ultimately qualified 17th. In the race, he had a longer first stint with soft tyres to apply a one pit stop strategy that worked perfectly as he finished 3rd behind Vettel and Rosberg after overtaking Massa and then Räikkönen who forced him off the track on his first overtaking attempt. At Abu Dhabi, after qualifying 7th (and being promoted to 6th due to teammate Räikkönen's penalty), he had another strong start and strong race, finishing 4th. At the United States Grand Prix, Grosjean had a good qualifying session and earned the 3rd spot on the grid behind Vettel and Webber. In the race, Grosjean had a strong start once again, by overtaking Webber and nearly overtaking Vettel. Leading a lap during the pit stop phase, Grosjean finished 2nd by holding off Webber despite numerous overtaking attempts.

On 29 November 2013, it was confirmed that Grosjean would continue with Lotus in 2014.

2014

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Grosjean at the 2014 British Grand Prix

A new rule for the 2014 season allowed the drivers to pick a car number to use for their entire career. Grosjean was awarded his first choice of number 8. He explained his choice of number on his Facebook page: "Simply I like this number, plus it has some signification to me. My wife was born on 8 December, we started dating in 2008 and besides, to my eyes my son is the 8th wonder of the world. That's why I picked up number 8." Among all the races in 2014, he was only able to score on two occasions and claim 8 points.

2015

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Grosjean at the 2015 Canadian Grand Prix

In 2015, Lotus produced a much better car, which was powered by a Mercedes engine. Grosjean showed great potential in testing, but mechanical problems in Australia and a spin after contact with Sergio Pérez in Malaysia prevented Grosjean from scoring points. But after the first two troubled races, Grosjean recorded good performances in China and Bahrain, finishing 7th on both occasions. In Spain, Lotus struggled in practice and qualifying and Grosjean missed out on Q3 for the first time in the season. But in the race, his pace improved and he finished 8th, despite making contact with Pastor Maldonado in the opening laps and a mistake in the pits, both of which cost him some time. In Monaco, Grosjean was on for his fourth consecutive points finish, despite a grid penalty for a gearbox change, but he was hit by Max Verstappen while battling for position. Grosjean managed to rejoin, but lost time and finished 12th.

In Canada, Lotus had one of the fastest cars and Grosjean qualified in an impressive 5th place. In the race, he was in the top 5 but made contact with the Marussia of Will Stevens, which punctured his tyre. Grosjean had to pit for new tyres, but managed to recover and finished in the points. In Austria, he was racing in the top 10, but he had a mechanical issue and could not finish the race. In Great Britain, he retired on lap 1 after contact with Daniel Ricciardo and teammate Maldonado. In Hungary, he struggled again and even had a penalty for an unsafe release in the pits. But near the end of the race, he made up a lot of positions due to other drivers having problems. In the end, he managed to repeat his best finish of the season of 7th, finishing ahead of Nico Rosberg's Mercedes. In Belgium, Lotus again had one of the fastest cars and Grosjean qualified in 4th, but started 9th, because of a penalty. In the race, he consistently gained positions, and a few laps before the finish, Grosjean was running 4th. Ahead of him was Vettel, who was on very old tyres, and Grosjean caught up with him with 5 laps to go. He was not able to overtake, but Vettel's right rear tyre exploded on the penultimate lap. Grosjean moved into the podium positions, to record his first such result since 2013. After the race, Grosjean said that he cried on the last lap.

In Italy Grosjean once again made it into Q3, qualifying in 8th, but was involved in some contact in turn 1, which caused his retirement. In Singapore, he was forced to retire a few laps before the end because of a suspected gearbox issue. In Japan, Grosjean was in 6th place after the start but lost a position during the first stops to Nico Hülkenberg. Near the end of the race, he was under pressure from Maldonado, who had closed the gap to just over a second, but Grosjean managed to retain his 7th position to the finish and scored points for the first time since Belgium.

Haas F1 Team (2016–2020)

2016

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Grosjean at the 2016 Malaysian Grand Prix.

On 29 September 2015, it was announced that Grosjean would race for the Haas F1 Team, who were joining the Formula One grid for the 2016 season. He was partnered by former Sauber driver and Ferrari test driver Esteban Gutiérrez. In the team's first race, the Australian Grand Prix, Grosjean finished sixth to record Haas' first points and making them the first team since Toyota Racing to score points in their debut. He was eventually voted Formula One's first Driver of the Day. Grosjean scored again in the following Bahrain Grand Prix by finishing in fifth position, winning Driver of the Day again.

Following Jenson Button's retirement from full-time racing, the members of the GPDA elected Grosjean to replace Button as one of the directors of the GPDA in May 2017.

2017

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Grosjean at the 2017 Malaysian Grand Prix

Grosjean drove for Haas for the 2017 season where he partnered Kevin Magnussen. He had multiple retirements, such as in the 2017 Australian Grand Prix, where he retired due to a water leak. His second retirement came at the 2017 Russian Grand Prix, when he had a collision with Jolyon Palmer. His third and final retirement of the season was in the 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix due to a wheel nut. He scored 28 points in total from 8 occasions and finished the season 13th.

2018

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Grosjean at the 2018 Azerbaijan Grand Prix

Haas retained Grosjean for the 2018 season where he again partnered Magnussen. At the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Grosjean crashed behind the safety car whilst running in 6th place. His engineer incorrectly blamed the cause of the crash on Sauber driver Marcus Ericsson, saying, "I think Ericsson hit us." At the Spanish Grand Prix, Grosjean was the cause of a crash on the opening lap. Whilst making his way through turn 3, he lost control of his Haas after running through dirty air. This caused him to spin across the track into the path of the cars behind him, causing a large amount of smoke in the process. He was then hit by Hülkenberg and Gasly, eliminating all three from the race. In the Austrian Grand Prix, Grosjean finished 4th, his best result in his career at Haas, and his first points finish in 2018. Grosjean was disqualified from the Italian Grand Prix after the floor of his car was found to be illegal, taking away a 6th-place finish; although the team appealed this, the decision was upheld. Grosjean finished the season 14th with 37 points.

2019

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Grosjean at the 2019 Austrian Grand Prix

On 28 September 2018 it was confirmed that Haas would retain Grosjean for the 2019 season, again partnering Magnussen. Like his 2018 season, Grosjean's 2019 was plagued with reliability issues, poor luck and driver errors. Additionally, the Haas VF-19 suffered from poor pace throughout the season, often qualifying well but falling far behind during races.

The first two races saw a double retirement for Grosjean. In Australia, a wheel was incorrectly fitted during a pit stop, causing it to come loose on track in an extremely similar incident to his race in Australia the year before. In Bahrain he was hit by Lance Stroll on the opening lap, causing terminal damage. An 11th-place finish in China followed, before a third retirement in four races in Azerbaijan due to a brake failure. Grosjean scored his first point of the season by finishing 10th in Spain, and followed this up with another 10th-place finish in Monaco.

Grosjean finished 14th in Canada after a collision in front of him on the first lap sent debris into his car, causing him to lose positions. He then retired from the next race, his home race in France. Another retirement came two races later in Britain, after contact with teammate Magnussen on the first lap, ending the races of both drivers. Both were blamed and criticised for the incident, at a race in which Grosjean was testing the old spec of the VF-19 so that the team could understand their recent lack of pace. His best—and final—points finish of the season came in Germany, when he crossed the line in 9th place but was promoted to 7th after the Alfa Romeo drivers were penalised post-race for the use of driver aids.

Another retirement came in Hungary due to a hydraulics issue. In Singapore, Grosjean tagged George Russell during an overtake attempt, damaging his front wing and causing the Williams driver to crash into a wall. Grosjean finished the race in 11th. Another retirement followed in Russia after a first-lap collision with Daniel Ricciardo and Antonio Giovinazzi sent him into the barriers. In Brazil, Grosjean was running in 7th place late in the race behind Pierre Gasly and ahead of Carlos Sainz Jr., before issues with his car dropped him back to 14th by the finish line (13th after a penalty for Nico Hülkenberg). Gasly and Sainz would go on to finish 2nd and 3rd in the race.

Grosjean ended the season in 18th place in the championship with 8 points, his worst full-season in Formula One.

2020

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Grosjean at pre-season testing in 2020

On 19 September 2019, Haas announced that Grosjean would remain with the team for the 2020 season alongside Magnussen.

At the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix, Grosjean suffered a serious crash on the first lap in which his Haas VF-20 hit a barrier at high speed, splitting the car in half, releasing the fuel and making the car burn. The force and angle of the impact caused the driver's compartment and the front half of the car to be wedged into the barrier, while the rear half was separated from the rest of the vehicle, igniting the car immediately upon impact.

The impact was measured at 67 g-force[convert: unknown unit]. He was able to exit the car unaided, and was helped away from the crash scene by Alan van der Merwe and Ian Roberts, with minor burn injuries to his hands and ankles before being airlifted to a nearby military hospital. The crash caused a red flag for more than an hour to recover the chassis and repair the damaged barrier section. The halo-head protective device, introduced in Formula One in 2018, was credited with saving his life: it sheltered Grosjean's head and body from coming into contact with the barrier upon collision. Grosjean ultimately missed the last 2 races of the season, and was replaced by Pietro Fittipaldi.

Grosjean's contract with Haas was not renewed after 2020. He underwent surgery for his injuries on 16 December.

Mercedes test

Grosjean was due to test drive the Mercedes AMG F1 W10 EQ Power+, which won the 2019 Formula One World Championship, for a full day of testing with the team at the 2021 French Grand Prix. The test was delayed due to pandemic related travel restrictions.

IndyCar

From 2021 onward Grosjean chose to compete in the IndyCar Series.

Dale Coyne Racing (2021)

Romain Grosjean at Road America in 2021
Grosjean at Road America in 2021

For 2021 Grosjean competed on a joint deal between Dale Coyne Racing and Rick Ware Racing with backing from Honda. Grosjean was scheduled to only participate in the street and road course events in the 2021 season but he later announced after the Indianapolis 500 that he would run the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 to get experience racing on ovals for a potential full schedule in 2022. Because his only oval race would be on what IndyCar considers a short oval Haas F1 Team colleague Pietro Fittipaldi was signed to replace Grosjean for IndyCar's three races on superspeedways, the double header at Texas Motor Speedway and the 2021 Indianapolis 500.

Grosjean quickly adapted to IndyCar racing and immediately showed pace. He recorded three podium finishes on the season; two second-place finishes at both rounds on the IMS Road Course and a third-place finish Laguna Seca. In addition he made the final round of qualifying at both rounds on the IMS Road Course and Detroit, Nashville, and Long Beach. The highpoint of Grosjean's season was at the first round at Indianapolis, where after sitting out for two weeks he returned and out qualified fellow rookie Scott McLaughlin , Josef Newgarden, Jack Harvey, Conor Daly, and Alex Palou to earn his first IndyCar pole position and first pole position since May 2011, when he was on pole in GP2 at Istanbul Park with DAMS. He went on to finish in second place behind winner Rinus VeeKay. Other highlights included making up ten positions at Laguna Seca, several passes of which he made at the famed "Corkscrew", the location of Alex Zanardi's iconic pass on Bryan Herta in 1996, and his first ever oval race at Gateway, where he recorded the most overtakes for the race despite finishing fourteenth. Grosjean also recorded top ten finishes at Barber, Road America, and Mid-Ohio.

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Grosjean at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2021

Grosjean's arrival to IndyCar coincided with the arrival of three-time Supercars champion Scott McLaughlin and seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson to the series, creating what some pundits dubbed the most intriguing rookie class to American Open Wheel Racing since the arrival of Nigel Mansell to CART in the early 1990s. Many pundits picked Grosjean to have the strongest season of the three due to his extensive open-wheel experience, picking him to be a potential candidate for IndyCar Rookie of the Year despite competing for a team with significantly fewer resources than McLaughlin's Team Penske or Johnson's Chip Ganassi Racing and not racing a full schedule. While Johnson would be the slowest to adapt to IndyCar racing and would run the fewest events of the three, McLaughlin and Grosjean were frequently measured against each other throughout the season. McLaughlin outperformed Grosjean four times during their rookie seasons; at St. Petersburg where he had made his IndyCar debut the previous year while Grosjean was racing there for the first time, at Grosjean's first-ever oval race at Gateway, and at Portland and Long Beach after Grosjean was caught up in an accident caused by other drivers on the opening laps. Grosjean's performances were so strong that despite his partial schedule he was nearly able to outscore McLaughlin for the Rookie of the Year award heading into the final race at Long Beach. Both Grosjean and McLaughlin downplayed any comparisons between the two, with Grosjean noting that comparing the two's rookie results in IndyCar did not take into account his nearly two decades of open-wheel racing compared to only one year of open-wheel racing experience for McLaughlin.

Andretti Autosport (2022 onwards)

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Grosjean at the 2022 XPEL 375

Grosjean drove Andretti Autosport's No. 28 DHL Honda entry in the 2022 season, replacing the outgoing Ryan Hunter-Reay. Grosjean underwent his rookie orientation at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on October 5, 2021, and confirmed that he will be racing in the 2022 Indianapolis 500 along with the entire 2022 schedule. Grosjean picked up his first podium with Andretti Autosport at Long Beach, nearly taking the win from Josef Newgarden before an accident caused by Takuma Sato caused the race to finish under caution. He managed to advance to Q2 in his first Indianapolis 500 but ultimately crashed out of the race. Overall 2022 was a difficult season for Grosjean, as he struggled with bad luck and on track contact with teammates and other drivers.

Personal life

Grosjean married French journalist and television presenter Marion Jollès on 27 June 2012 in Chamonix. They have been together since 2008. On 29 July 2013, Marion gave birth to a son, Sacha. They have a second child named Simon who was born on 16 May 2015 and a daughter named Camille who was born on 31 December 2017. After Grosjean signed with Andretti Autosport and committed to racing full time in the IndyCar series he announced that he and his family would be moving to Miami due to the city's selection of French-language schools and the ability to get direct flights between Miami and Paris.

Other ventures

Grosjean holds endorsements with various brands including Christian Roth (Via DITA Eyewear), Richard Mille, Bell Sports, and Seier Capital.

In 2014 Grosjean was featured in French disc jockey David Guetta's music video titled "Dangerous".

In October 2017 Grosjean launched Cuisine et Confidences, a cookbook he authored with his wife.

Grosjean also founded R8G eSports, a sim racing team.

He also has his own YouTube Channel called Romain Grosjean Official with 255K subscribers which he launched in November 2017.

Racing record

Karting career summary

Season Series Team Position
2001 French Championship — ICA 1st
2002 Grand Prix Karting FFSA — Espoir 34th
Monaco Kart Cup — Formula A Christian Grosjean 16th
2003 European Championship - Western Region Qualification — ICA SG Compétition DNF
Grand Prix Karting FFSA — Espoir 34th
2011 ERDF Masters Kart — Stars 5th

Racing career summary

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2003 Formula Lista Junior 1.6 Advance Racing 10 10  ?  ? 10  ? 1st
2004 French Formula Renault SG Formula  ? 1  ?  ? 4  ? 7th
Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup 9 0 0 0 0 32 14th
2005 French Formula Renault SG Formula 16 10 10 0 13 211 1st
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 7 0 0 0 2 28 12th
Macau Grand Prix Signature-Plus 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 9th
2006 Formula 3 Euro Series Signature-Plus 20 0 0 0 1 19 13th
British Formula 3 Championship 2 2 1 2 2 0 NC
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 5th
2007 Formula 3 Euro Series ASM Formule 3 20 6 4 7 13 106 1st
Masters of Formula 3 1 0 1 0 0 N/A 14th
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 8th
2008 GP2 Series ART Grand Prix 20 2 1 2 6 62 4th
GP2 Asia Series 10 4 4 3 5 61 1st
2009 GP2 Series Barwa Addax Team 12 2 3 2 3 45 4th
Formula One Renault F1 Team 7 0 0 0 0 0 23rd
2010 GP2 Series DAMS 8 0 0 0 2 14 14th
Auto GP 8 4 3 4 7 58 1st
FIA GT1 World Championship Matech Competition 10 2 0 0 3 62 11th
24 Hours of Le Mans - GT1 1 0 0 0 0 N/A DNF
Formula One Pirelli Test driver
2011 GP2 Series DAMS 18 5 1 6 10 89 1st
GP2 Asia Series 4 1 2 2 2 24 1st
Formula One Lotus Renault GP Test driver
2012 Formula One Lotus F1 Team 19 0 0 1 3 96 8th
2013 Formula One Lotus F1 Team 19 0 0 0 6 132 7th
2014 Formula One Lotus F1 Team 19 0 0 0 0 8 14th
2015 Formula One Lotus F1 Team 19 0 0 0 1 51 11th
2016 Formula One Haas F1 Team 21 0 0 0 0 29 13th
2016–17 Andros Trophy - Elite Pro Class DA Racing 2 1 1 1 1 106 14th
2017 Formula One Haas F1 Team 20 0 0 0 0 28 13th
2018 Formula One Haas F1 Team 21 0 0 0 0 37 14th
2019 Formula One Haas F1 Team 21 0 0 0 0 8 18th
2020 Formula One Haas F1 Team 15 0 0 0 0 2 19th
2021 IndyCar Series Dale Coyne Racing w/ Rick Ware Racing 13 0 1 1 3 272 15th
2021–22 Andros Trophy - Elite Pro Class DA Racing 4 0 0 0 0 174 14th
2022 IndyCar Series Andretti Autosport 17 0 0 0 1 328 13th

† As Grosjean was a guest driver, he was ineligible to score points. * Season still in progress.

Single seater racing results

Complete Formula 3 Euro Series results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pos Points
2006 Signature-Plus Dallara F305/029 Mercedes HOC
1

21
HOC
2

13
LAU
1
6
LAU
2
4
OSC
1
3
OSC
2
6
BRH
1
9
BRH
2
6
NOR
1
12
NOR
2
8
NÜR
1

18
NÜR
2

10
ZAN
1
4
ZAN
2
11
CAT
1
Ret
CAT
2
9
BUG
1
20
BUG
2
12
HOC
1

DSQ
HOC
2

DSQ
13th 19
2007 ASM Formule 3 Dallara F305/059 Mercedes HOC
1

5
HOC
2

1
BRH
1

1
BRH
2
Ret
NOR
1

1
NOR
2
Ret
MAG
1

2
MAG
2

7
MUG
1

1
MUG
2

2
ZAN
1

1
ZAN
2
3
NÜR
1

5
NÜR
2

2
CAT
1

8
CAT
2

DSQ
NOG
1

1
NOG
2
3
HOC
1

2
HOC
2

3
1st 106

Complete GP2 Asia Series results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 DC Points
2008 ART Grand Prix DUB1
FEA

1
DUB1
SPR

1
SEN
FEA
4
SEN
SPR
4
SEP
FEA

9
SEP
SPR
2
BHR
FEA

1
BHR
SPR
Ret
DUB2
FEA

1
DUB2
SPR
Ret
1st 61
2011 DAMS YMC
FEA

2
YMC
SPR
Ret
IMO
FEA

1
IMO
SPR

7
1st 24

Complete GP2 Series results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 DC Points
2008 ART Grand Prix CAT
FEA
5
CAT
SPR
13
IST
FEA
2
IST
SPR

1
MON
FEA
Ret
MON
SPR
10
MAG
FEA
Ret
MAG
SPR
Ret
SIL
FEA
5
SIL
SPR
8
HOC
FEA
2
HOC
SPR
4
HUN
FEA

17
HUN
SPR
12
VAL
FEA
3
VAL
SPR
Ret
SPA
FEA

1
SPA
SPR
9
MNZ
FEA
4
MNZ
SPR
3
4th 62
2009 Barwa Campos Team CAT
FEA

1
CAT
SPR
2
4th 45
Barwa Addax Team MON
FEA

1
MON
SPR
17
IST
FEA
Ret
IST
SPR
12
SIL
FEA

5
SIL
SPR
4
NÜR
FEA
18
NÜR
SPR
5
HUN
FEA
10
HUN
SPR
4
VAL
FEA
VAL
SPR
SPA
FEA
SPA
SPR
MNZ
FEA
MNZ
SPR
ALG
FEA
ALG
SPR
2010 DAMS CAT
FEA
CAT
SPR
MON
FEA
MON
SPR
IST
FEA
IST
SPR
VAL
FEA
VAL
SPR
SIL
FEA
SIL
SPR
HOC
FEA
20
HOC
SPR
19
HUN
FEA
HUN
SPR
SPA
FEA
3
SPA
SPR
6
MNZ
FEA
13
MNZ
SPR
17
YMC
FEA
6
YMC
SPR
3
14th 14
2011 DAMS IST
FEA

1
IST
SPR

10
CAT
FEA

DSQ
CAT
SPR
9
MON
FEA
4
MON
SPR

3
VAL
FEA

1
VAL
SPR
Ret
SIL
FEA

4
SIL
SPR

1
NÜR
FEA
3
NÜR
SPR
1
HUN
FEA
1
HUN
SPR

3
SPA
FEA
3
SPA
SPR
4
MNZ
FEA
3
MNZ
SPR
21
1st 89

Complete Auto GP results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pos Points
2010 DAMS BRN
1
BRN
2
IMO
1
IMO
2
SPA
1

1
SPA
2

2
MAG
1

1
MAG
2

Ret
NAV
1
3
NAV
2
1
MNZ
1

1
MNZ
2

3
1st 58

Complete Formula One results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 WDC Points
2009 Renault F1 Team Renault R29 Renault RS27 2.4 V8 AUS MAL CHN BHR ESP MON TUR GBR GER HUN EUR
15
BEL
Ret
ITA
15
SIN
Ret
JPN
16
BRA
13
ABU
18
23rd 0
2011 Lotus Renault GP Renault R31 Renault RS27-2011 2.4 V8 AUS MAL CHN TUR ESP MON CAN EUR GBR GER HUN BEL ITA SIN JPN KOR IND ABU
TD
BRA
TD
 –  –
2012 Lotus F1 Team Lotus E20 Renault RS27-2012 2.4 V8 AUS
Ret
MAL
Ret
CHN
6
BHR
3
ESP
4
MON
Ret
CAN
2
EUR
Ret
GBR
6
GER
18
HUN
3
BEL
Ret
ITA SIN
7
JPN
19
KOR
7
IND
9
ABU
Ret
USA
7
BRA
Ret
8th 96
2013 Lotus F1 Team Lotus E21 Renault RS27-2013 2.4 V8 AUS
10
MAL
6
CHN
9
BHR
3
ESP
Ret
MON
Ret
CAN
13
GBR
19
GER
3
HUN
6
BEL
8
ITA
8
SIN
Ret
KOR
3
JPN
3
IND
3
ABU
4
USA
2
BRA
Ret
7th 132
2014 Lotus F1 Team Lotus E22 Renault Energy F1‑2014 1.6 V6 t AUS
Ret
MAL
11
BHR
12
CHN
Ret
ESP
8
MON
8
CAN
Ret
AUT
14
GBR
12
GER
Ret
HUN
Ret
BEL
Ret
ITA
16
SIN
13
JPN
15
RUS
17
USA
11
BRA
17
ABU
13
14th 8
2015 Lotus F1 Team Lotus E23 Hybrid Mercedes PU106B Hybrid 1.6 V6 t AUS
Ret
MAL
11
CHN
7
BHR
7
ESP
8
MON
12
CAN
10
AUT
Ret
GBR
Ret
HUN
7
BEL
3
ITA
Ret
SIN
13
JPN
7
RUS
Ret
USA
Ret
MEX
10
BRA
8
ABU
9
11th 51
2016 Haas F1 Team Haas VF-16 Ferrari 061 1.6 V6 t AUS
6
BHR
5
CHN
19
RUS
8
ESP
Ret
MON
13
CAN
14
EUR
13
AUT
7
GBR
Ret
HUN
14
GER
13
BEL
13
ITA
11
SIN
DNS
MAL
Ret
JPN
11
USA
10
MEX
20
BRA
DNS
ABU
11
13th 29
2017 Haas F1 Team Haas VF-17 Ferrari 062 1.6 V6 t AUS
Ret
CHN
11
BHR
8
RUS
Ret
ESP
10
MON
8
CAN
10
AZE
13
AUT
6
GBR
13
HUN
Ret
BEL
7
ITA
15
SIN
9
MAL
13
JPN
9
USA
14
MEX
15
BRA
15
ABU
11
13th 28
2018 Haas F1 Team Haas VF-18 Ferrari 062 EVO 1.6 V6 t AUS
Ret
BHR
13
CHN
17
AZE
Ret
ESP
Ret
MON
15
CAN
12
FRA
11
AUT
4
GBR
Ret
GER
6
HUN
10
BEL
7
ITA
DSQ
SIN
15
RUS
11
JPN
8
USA
Ret
MEX
16
BRA
8
ABU
9
14th 37
2019 Haas F1 Team Haas VF-19 Ferrari 064 1.6 V6 t AUS
Ret
BHR
Ret
CHN
11
AZE
Ret
ESP
10
MON
10
CAN
14
FRA
Ret
AUT
16
GBR
Ret
GER
7
HUN
Ret
BEL
13
ITA
16
SIN
11
RUS
Ret
JPN
13
MEX
17
USA
15
BRA
13
ABU
15
18th 8
2020 Haas F1 Team Haas VF-20 Ferrari 065 1.6 V6 t AUT
Ret
STY
13
HUN
16
GBR
16
70A
16
ESP
19
BEL
15
ITA
12
TUS
RUS
EIF
POR
EMI
TUR
BHR
ABU
20th* 0*

Did not finish, but was classified as he had completed more than 90% of the race distance.

American open-wheel racing results

IndyCar Series

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Chassis No. Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Rank Points
2021 Dale Coyne Racing w/ Rick Ware Racing Dallara DW12 51 Honda ALA
10
STP
13
TXS TXS IMS
2
INDY DET
23
DET
24
ROA
5
MDO
7
NSH
16
IMS
2
GTW
14
POR
22
LAG
3
LBH
24
15th 272
2022 Andretti Autosport 28 STP
5
TXS
26
LBH
2
ALA
7
IMS
17
INDY
31
DET
17
ROA
4
MDO
21
TOR
16
IOW
7
IOW
9
IMS
16
NSH
16
GTW
13
POR
19
LAG
7
13th 328

Indianapolis 500

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
2022 Dallara Honda 9 31 Andretti Autosport

Sports car racing results

Complete GT1 World Championship results

(key)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pos Points
2010 Matech Competition Ford GT1 ABU
QR
2
ABU
CR
1
SIL
QR
21
SIL
CR
Ret
BRN
QR
6
BRN
CR
1
PRI
QR
7
PRI
CR
7
SPA
QR
20
SPA
CR
14
NÜR
QR
NÜR
CR
ALG
QR
ALG
CR
NAV
QR
NAV
CR
INT
QR
INT
CR
SAN
QR
SAN
CR
11th 62

24 Hours of Le Mans results

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2010 Switzerland Matech Competition Germany Thomas Mutsch
Switzerland Jonathan Hirschi
Ford GT1 GT1 171 DNF DNF
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