GP2 champion Romain Grosjean not chasing late-season Formula 1 seat

Newly-crowned GP2 champion Romain Grosjean says he is not focusing on trying to race for Renault in Formula 1 before the end of the season

GP2 champion Romain Grosjean not chasing late-season Formula 1 seat

The Frenchman, who is managed by Renault F1 team boss Eric Boullier's Gravity Sport programme, has been linked to a drive alongside Vitaly Petrov before the end of the season.

Bruno Senna has replaced Nick Heidfeld as Petrov's team-mate this weekend, and the team has said that it hopes to keep the Brazilian in the car for the remainder of the season.

And Grosjean, who was thrown into a similar situation at Renault in 2009 alongside Fernando Alonso, says he is more interested in securing a long-term future at the top level than getting a chance this year.

"To get back to Formula 1 is what I want, but my main focus is to find a good contract for 2012 before anything else," said Grosjean. "Hopefully I can get a good seat, in good conditions, and get what I call a real chance in Formula 1.

"[Driving this year] depends on the conditions. If it is just for five races and there is nothing else behind the deal, then that is not the best way to do it."

Grosjean added that Boullier has tried to keep him away from the F1 paddock to avoid a repeat of the difficulties he faced in 2009.

"We know from 2009 that my mind was on F1 and my body was in GP2," he admitted. "We didn't want that to happen again, so I kept focused on GP2 and I have been over to the F1 paddock as little as I could.

"Now we are champions, maybe I will have a look at what is going on upstairs. Winning this title was important, and it has been seen by the big boss, hopefully!"

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