This is F1Minute - Lotus confirm Jérôme D’Ambrosio for Monza weekend.
With Romain Grosjean banned for the upcoming race weekend, the Lotus team didn’t have to look too far to find a replacement. Reserve driver Jérôme D’Ambrosio makes the step up for one weekend only, having previously raced for Marussia last season.
The Belgian driver spoke of the opportunity, saying: “It’s a massive challenge, especially because I’ve not driven much this year and Monza is a unique low downforce track. But I don’t want to focus on what will be hard or difficult. I just want to focus on what I can achieve.”
Lotus boss Eric Boullier added, “When we signed Jérôme as our third driver we signed a man who is highly motivated, fresh, talented and who contested the full 2011 season. We hope that this will pay dividends when he drives the car this weekend in Monza.”
Meanwhile, Grosjean will have to settle for watching the race as a spectator, but accepts the penalty - he’s said: “When you love racing this is very hard. I accept my mistake... I was not really wanting to put anyone in the wall, I’m not here to stop the race in the first corner. I’m very sorry and I’m glad nobody is hurt.”