10 Dec 2011

Grosjean fights his way back into F1 drive

12:29 pm on 10 December 2011

The French driver Romain Grosjean will return to the Formula One starting grid next season as Kimi Raikkonen's Lotus team-mate.

The news completed the team's race line-up and means both Lotus drivers will be making comebacks, with Grosjean dropped by Renault at the end of 2009 after seven Grand Prix as a replacement.

Raikkonen, the 2007 F1 world champion for Ferrari, has been competing in the world rally championship for the past two seasons.

The announcement left Russian Vitaly Petrov, who competed for the team this year along with Brazilian Bruno Senna, looking for a seat with only a few options available.