Grosjean wants Pirelli job full-time
20 September 2010 – Former Renault driver Romain Grosjean is targeting a full-time F1 test position with Pirelli, after the Italian tyre manufacturer confirmed late last week that he would replace Sauber bound Nick Heidfeld for its two-day Monza test.
Grosjean told Auto Hebdo that he would like to take on the development role on a permanent basis.
“I will do two days of tests at Monza on Tuesday and Wednesday [this week],” he said. “At the conclusion of these tests the decision will be made about whether or not we continue together. A decision will have to be taken quickly though, as another test will begin again the following week. I hope to be with it until the end.
“I am keen to get behind the wheel of an F1 car again, especially as the Toyota was one of the best cars at the end of last season.
"Also to again accumulate kilometres at the wheel of an F1 car is of course a good step towards returning to the sport.”
Grosjean also revealed that once the deal was in place for Monza, he attended the Jerez test last week, before then going to Toyota’s HQ for a seat fitting.
“After an agreement was reached with Pirelli I went to Jerez on Wednesday morning to meet all of the team connected with the test and development programme,” he continued.
"During the two days I could observe how everything worked and talk with Nick about the tests that had already been carried out.
“I could see how motivated everyone is. It should not be forgotten that to create and develop tyres for F1 in so little time is a difficult job. But the work done already is impressive.
"Nick could also give me his impressions. He said the Toyota TF109 is a very good car and very neutral. That is ideal for developing tyres.”