D’Ambrosio set to replace banned Grosjean for Monza 3 September, 2012 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. The 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. “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.” Subbed by AJN. Tweet Related NewsLotus: Monza has been a difficult venue for usLotus: The race will be a challengeLotus: There is more to come from the E22Maldonado: Big challenge at Monza will be the power issueGrosjean: Monza will be tough for usLotus: Damage was done by our poor qualifying positionsLotus: We simply weren’t fast enoughLotus: Overall, the car looks quick, reliable and we’re happyRaikkonen to drive long wheelbase Lotus at MonzaRaikkonen: Hopefully we have a real chance to fight for Monza victory this time 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 @MarkyT7 Kimi: Ha? I was taking a shit.