Romain Grosjean Takes Over for Nelson Piquet at Renault

Billy SextonAnalyst IAugust 18, 2009

MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 11:  GP2 driver Romain Grosjean of France and ART Grand Prix team is seen during previews to the Italian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza on September 11, 2008 in Monza, Italy.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

It has been announced today that French driver Romain Grosjean will take over for Nelson Piquet at Renault for the rest of the 2009 season.

This comes after news that Piquet had been dropped from the team after failing to produce sufficient results.

Grosjean was the favourite to take over the spot. He has been the team's third driver for the past two seasons and has an impressive record in the GP2 junior series. Had Grosjean not made the move to Formula One, he was one of the favourites for the driver's title.

After successfully appealing against their one-race ban, Renault has decided to approach the second half of the current season "aggressively."

Grosjean is determined to do his best for the team and is looking forward to racing alongside the double world champion, Fernando Alonso. 

"I'm very proud and looking forward to helping the team get the best results," said Grosjean. "It is an honour to be Fernando's team-mate and to make my Formula One debut alongside a double world champion is especially motivating."

The European Grand Prix takes place this coming weekend, Aug. 21-23.