Official: D'Ambrosio subs for Grosjean at Monza
4 September 2012 – Lotus has confirmed that Jérôme d’Ambrosio will make an F1 return alongside Kimi Räikkönen at Monza. The Belgian, who raced for Marussia Virgin last year, substitutes for Romain Grosjean who is banned after causing the heavy first-corner crash at Spa.
“My desire for 2012 has always been to get back into the seat of a Formula 1 car, so I am grabbing this opportunity with both hands,” he admits. “Monza is a fantastic circuit and I can’t wait to take to the track on Friday. As third driver I have worked with the team at every Grand Prix, attending all the briefings and meetings that the race drivers do, so I am well prepared in this respect. I will hand the wheel back to Romain after Sunday’s race and I hope that this one showing in Italy will allow me to show my capabilities fully.”
Team Principal Eric Boullier has full confidence in his replacement driver.
So far in 2012, d'Ambrosio has provided television commentary on the world feed of GP2, alongside Will Buxton, as well as F1 practice punditry for Sky Sports with David Croft. Lotus will continue to delay the race debut of its much-awaited ‘Super DRS’, as the rear wing-stalling device would yield no advantage at such a low-downforce circuit.