When the curtain closed on the 2011 GP2 season, Romain Grosjean looked odds-on to land a drive in Formula 1 for next year. In a business that can often be about who you know, not what you know, he seemed to have the ear of the right people.
Renault F1 team boss Eric Boullier has been managing the Frenchman's career, a task he picked up in the wake of Grosjean's previous dalliance with the same team alongside Fernando Alonso in 2009. After initially farming him out to GT racing in 2010, to give as clear an indication as any of life without F1, Boullier had, it seemed, mapped out his protege's path back to the top of the sport. All Grosjean had to do was jump through the right hoops at the right time.
Yet less than a week after the F1 season had drawn to a close, and every hoop had seemingly been cleared, Grosjean was beginning to contemplate a life away from the highest level of the sport.
The news that he was testing a DTM car for BMW this week didn't look particularly startling at first. The German marque has tested an array of drivers since its 2012 test hack has been up and running, and at first glance it seemed little more than a chance for the Munich squad to give another top driver some seat time, and an opportunity for Grosjean to have a bit of fun.
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Glenn Freeman is the editor of Autosport.com. After 10 years of karting, he decided that writing about motorsport would put less strain on his dad's bank balance than competing, and after obtaining his NCTJ qualifications in newspaper journalism, he joined Motorsport News in 2005.
As deputy racing editor, he covered British Formula 3 and selected international events. He also got the chance to take on boyhood hero Nigel Mansell in a kart race and beat the 1992 world champion.
Glenn left MN to become Autosport.com's international editor in September 2006 and joined the magazine's news desk in January 2008, spending six years as news editor. During that time he covered four seasons of DTM and a year of GP2/GP3, before switching to Formula Renault 3.5 from 2012-14. He became the website's editor in 2014.