Romain Grosjean. Source: Twitter

Romain Grosjean is a French-Swiss racing driver who is currently racing for Dale Coyne Racing in the 2021 IndyCar Series.

Source: Mercedes/PA

From 2006 to 2007, he competed in the Formula 3 Euro Series. Romain Grosjean raced in the GP2 Series from 2008 to 2011, as well as the GP2 Asia Series in 2008. He raced in the FIA GT1 World Championship and the Auto GP series in 2010.

In 2009, he made his Formula One World Championship debut. Romain Grosjean won the Formula 3 Euro Series driver championship in 2007. At the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix, his car split in two and caught fire, but he only received minor burns.

Early life

Romain Grosjean was born on 17 April 1986 in Geneva, Switzerland. He is the great-grandson of weapon designer and Brandt founder Edgar Brandt. He is also the grandson of Fernand Grosjean, who won a silver medal in giant slalom at the 1950 World Ski Championships in Aspen.

In 2003, Grosjean won ten rounds of the Formula Lista Junior championship. In 2004, he switched to the French Formula Renault championship. The following year, he finished seventh with one win in his first season and went on to win the championship with ten victories in 2005.

Career overview

Romain Grosjean in a Mercedes car. Image: Twitter/@F1

Grosjean won the French Formula Renault championship in 2005 on his debut and was accepted into the Renault young driver programme. He won the Formula 3 Euro Series drivers’ championship in 2007. In his first year in GP2, he won the inaugural GP2 Asia Series and finished fourth.

In 2009, he made his Formula One debut for Renault at the European Grand Prix, and despite missing the final eight races, he finished fourth in GP2.

After being dropped by Renault, he returned to junior formulae, winning the 2010 Auto GP championship on the first try and the 2011 GP2 Asia Series and GP2 Series, becoming the first – and as of 2018, only – two-time GP2 Asia champion and the only driver to hold both the GP2 Asia series and main GP2 series titles concurrently.

Grosjean returned to Formula One in 2012, this time with the Lotus F1 Team, alongside Kimi Räikkönen. He finished third in his first Formula One race, the 2012 Bahrain Grand Prix, and set his fastest lap in the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix. He was the first driver to receive a race ban since 1994 after causing a multi-car pileup at the 2012 Belgian Grand Prix.

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In 2013, he stayed with Lotus and won six races. In 2014 and 2015, he drove for Lotus alongside Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado before moving to Haas from 2016 to 2020. Grosjean is currently racing in the US-based IndyCar Series for the 2021 season, though he will not compete in oval races. In his third race, at the Indianapolis Gran Prix, he earned his first pole position and podium.

Records

Formula One World Championship career

Nationality French
Active years2009, 2012–2020
TeamsRenault, Lotus, Haas
EnginesRenault, Mercedes, Ferrari
Car number8
Entries181 (179 starts)
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums10
Career points391
Pole positions0
Fastest laps1
First entry2009 European Grand Prix
Last entry2020 Bahrain Grand Prix
2020 position19th (2 pts

IndyCar Series career

Debut season2021
Current teamDale Coyne Racing
Car number51
Starts6
Wins0
Podiums1
Poles1
Best finishTBC in 2021

Personal life

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On June 27, 2012, Grosjean married French journalist and television presenter Marion Jollès in Chamonix. They’ve been dating since 2008. Marion gave birth to a son, Sacha, on July 29, 2013. They have a second child, Simon, who was born on May 16, 2015, and a daughter, Camille, who was born on December 31, 2017.

Full NameRomain Grosjean
Date of BirthApril 17, 1986
Birthplace Geneva, Switzerland
Age35
Height 1.8 m
Weight 71 kg
SpouseMarion Jollès
ChildrenSacha, Simon, Camille
Net Worth$16 million

Net worth and endorsements

Christian Roth (via DITA Eyewear), Richard Mille, Bell Sports, and Seier Capital are among the brands that have endorsed Grosjean.

He also appeared in the music video “Dangerous” by French DJ David Guetta in 2014.

Source: Twitter

Grosjean and his wife published Cuisine et Confidences, a cookbook, in October 2017.

Source: Twitter

Grosjean is also the founder of R8G eSports which is a sim racing team.

Romain Grosjean’s net worth is expected to be over $16 million in 2021.

There’s no doubt that Roman Grosjean loves cars. His car collection includes a Jaguar XF, a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, and a Ford GT. 

Controversies

Grosjean survived a dramatic crash on the first lap of the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix when his car split in two and caught fire after penetrating a metal guardrail. Grosjean suffered minor burns and attributed his survival to the halo.

According to investigations by the FIA, Grosjean’s car hit the triple-guardrail barrier at 192kph (119mph) with a peak impact of 67G.

The report said, “The car suffered extensive damage during the impact including separation of the power train assembly from the survival cell.”

The report continued, “The fuel tank inspection hatch on the left-hand side of the chassis was dislodged and the engine fuel supply connection was torn from the fuel tank ‘safety bladder’; both providing primary paths for the escape of fuel from the tank.”

“Due to damage to the survival cell and a number of components within the cockpit environment, Romain Grosjean’s left foot was initially trapped as the car came to rest,” the report said.

Grosjean’s crash was one of 19 serious accidents investigated by the FIA’s safety department in 2020 across various categories of circuit racing. The governing body has identified an extensive list of areas to investigate for further safety improvement relating to cars, circuits, driver safety equipment, medical and rescue.

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