Grosjean ready to replace Piquet at Renault

Romain Grosjean insists it is too early to say if he has been given the green light to make his Formula One debut at the forthcoming European Grand Prix. The GP2 driver and Renault reserve is reportedly first in line to replace the struggling ...

Romain Grosjean insists it is too early to say if he has been given the green light to make his Formula One debut at the forthcoming European Grand Prix.

The GP2 driver and Renault reserve is reportedly first in line to replace the struggling Nelson Piquet, who according to strong speculation was issued his marching papers in Hungary last weekend.

The rumours then hit high gear when team boss Flavio Briatore walked out of the Hungaroring circuit while Brazilian Piquet, 23, was still racing in twelfth position following Fernando Alonso's retirement.

But when asked if he is already turning his attention to an impending F1 debut, the Swiss-born French driver answered: "No, not at the moment.

"I was focusing on the GP2 weekend which was the main point so let's see what's going on," Grosjean, 23, told GP Week.

However, he believes he is ready to make the step into Formula One.

"Yes I think so. If you have the chance you will say yes. The car is getting much better and I think there are some more updates coming, so it's a good time for the team," Grosjean added.

He suggested that if he does get a chance to complete the season for Renault, it may be a prelude to a full-time seat in 2010.

Comparing his situation to the one at Toro Rosso where Jaime Alguersuari has replaced the ousted Sebastien Bourdais, Grosjean said: "If you can get some races for sure it's all good experience for the next season which is very good. We'll see."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Fernando Alonso , Nelson Piquet , Sébastien Bourdais , Flavio Briatore , Romain Grosjean , Jaime Alguersuari
Teams Toro Rosso