Jerome D’Ambrosio to drive Grosjean’s Lotus at Italian GP

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Formula One is a tough and demanding sport. You sometimes only get one shot behind the wheel and just when it looked like this may be the case for Belgian Jerome D’Ambrosio, he’ll get another chance in the Italian Grand Prix this weekend.

Lotus F1 driver Romain Grosjean will be sitting this race out due to his action at the Belgian Grand Prix and the official third-driver for the team, D’Ambrosio, will be making his debut in Grosjean’s car. Team boss Eric Boullier said:

Eric Boullier, Team Principal
“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. We know that Jérôme is well integrated into the team and that he did a good job when he drove the E20 at the Mugello test. Now he has the challenge of a Grand Prix at the challenging circuit of Monza, in a car which is capable of finishing on the podium. One thing is for sure, he’s half Italian and I think I know which driver the spectators will support apart from Fernando ! It’s a tough task for Jérôme, but we will be supporting him in every way to achieve a good result.”

It’s a great opportunity and it isn’t, no offense intended, in an HRT. D’Ambrosio will get to show his chops behind the wheel of a very competitive car…something he never had as a driver for one season at Marussia. Jerome said:

Jérôme D’Ambrosio, Third Driver
“My desire for 2012 has always been to get back into the seat of a Formula 1 car so I am grabbing this opportunity with both hands. Monza is a fantastic circuit and I can’t wait to take to the track on Friday. As third driver I have worked with the team at every Grand Prix, attending all the briefings and meetings that the race drivers do, so I am well prepared in this respect. Monza is a superb circuit, but it is also quite a technical one so I am not underestimating the task ahead of me. I want to reward the faith that the team has in me with a good haul of points from the race. I will hand the wheel back to Romain after Sunday’s race and I hope that this one showing in Italy will allow me to show my capabilities fully.”

Sometimes one man’s misfortune can be another man’s opportunity…just ask Michael Schumacher and Bertrand Gachot.

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