D’Ambrosio set to replace banned Grosjean for Monza

Jerome d'Ambrosio, 3rd Driver, Lotus GP.

Jerome D’Ambrosio looks set to make Lotus race debut at Monza

Sep.3 (GMM) Lotus reserve driver Jerome d’Ambrosio looks set to replace the banned Romain Grosjean for the Italian GP weekend starting on Friday at Monza.

2012 Formula One Mugello Test Day One Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello, Mugello, Italy. 1st May 2012 Jerome d'Ambrosio, Lotus E20 Renault.  World Copyright: Andrew Ferraro/LAT Photographic ref: Digital Image _Q0C3497The FIA has banned Frenchman Grosjean for one race after causing the crash that prematurely ended the grand prix for championship contenders Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton.

Belgian d’Ambrosio, 26, is Lotus’ official third driver.

The 2011 Virgin Racing Team driver is managed by Lotus team boss Eric Boullier’s management arm Gravity.

“We’ll announce the name of [Grosjean’s] replacement a bit later in the week,” said Boullier at Spa, on Sunday.

D’Ambrosio, who already attends all the races, said that he is ready and willing to step into the cockpit of the highly-competitive E20.

“It’s unfortunate for Romain, but it’s the FIA’s decision. It’s not for me to comment,” he told the Belgian broadcaster RTBF.

(L to R): Kimi Raikkonen (FIN), Romain Grosjean (FRA) and Jerome d'Ambrosio (BEL) with the new Lotus F1 E20. Formula One Testing, Preparations, Jerez, Spain,  Monday 6 February 2012.“Anyway, it’s part of my job since the beginning of the year to be ready, no matter what. I’m ready and highly motivated.

“What happens, we’ll see. It [the situation] is still brand new and I don’t know exactly what will happen.”

Boullier is quoted by the French-language RMC Sport as saying the chance d’Ambrosio will get the job is “80 per cent”.

“[But] there are many drivers looking for a steering wheel,” he is quoted by France’s autohebdo.fr. “First, we are thinking of [appointing] our third driver.”

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  • AAX

    Hahaha Kimi’s face in this pic is priceless. He’s a Legend!

  • McLaren Fan

    You can tell Kimi was brimming with excitement!!!
    D’Ambrosio given the chance to show Grosjean how it is done

  • MarkyT7

    Hopefully he does well and they get rid of demolition man. I wonder what Kimi thinks when people were saying at the beginning of the year that Grosjean was better than Kimi lol.

  • Kimi4WDC


    Kimi: Ha? I was taking a shit.