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Grosjean Confirmed At Renault

Romain Gorsjean has today been confirmed as Nelson Piquet Jr’s replacement at the Renault F1 Team.

Reanult’s tester had been widely tipped to take the second race seat after Piquet split company with the team and launched a scathing attack on its principal Flavio Briatore.

It was Briatore who today made the announcement.

“We are happy to give Romain the chance to start racing with the team,” he commented. “He is an impressive young talent and we expect him to show his skills driving alongside Fernando as we take an aggressive approach to the second half of the season.

“We would also like to thank Nelson for his contribution during the time he has been with us and wish him all the best for the future.”

Meanwhle Grosjean, the 2007 F3 Euro champion and 2008 GP2 Asia Series champion was delighted.

“I am very proud that the Renault F1 Team has given me the chance to become a race driver,” he said.

“I’m looking forward to driving the R29 and helping the team get the best results possible. It’s also an honour to be Fernando’s team-mate and to make my Formula 1 debut alongside a double world champion is especially motivating.”

Lucas di Grassi has been promoted to team test driver.

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