Lamborghini Squadra Corse has announced the hiring of Romain Grosjean (age 36) as a factory driver. He will also contribute to the development of the manufacturer's Hypercar set to hit the track in 2024.
After competing in IndyCar for the last two seasons, Grosjean will take his first start representing Lamborghini at the 2023 Rolex 24 at Daytona. The Swiss-French driver will share with Andrea Caldarelli and Mirko Bortolotti the Huracán GT3 EVO2 fielded by the Iron Lynx team. He will also take part in other endurance races on the 2023 calendar (full schedule to be announced in the near future).
In addition to Grosjean's GT3 programme, he will join Caldarelli and Bortolotti as a test driver for Lamborghini's Hypercar destined for the FIA World Endurance Championship and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2024. Related article: Iron Lynx to join up with Lamborghini on Hypercar programme.
Born in Geneva, but competing under French licence, Grosjean spent nine seasons in Formula 1, claiming 10 podium finishes. He raced for Renault, Lotus and Haas before moving to IndyCar in 2021. The versatile driver has several junior single-seater titles, winning the Formula 3 Euroseries in 2007, AutoGP in 2010 and GP2 series in 2011. Grosjean has also competed in GT, winning a race for his FIA GT1 World Championship debut at Abu Dhabi in 2010. That same year, he took the start in the 24 Hours of Le Mans at the wheel of a Ford GT fielded by Matech Competition (retirement with a failed engine).
Romain Grosjean: "First of all, it’s an honour to be joining Lamborghini, it’s such an iconic brand for everyone who loves cars, including myself and my kids. On top of that, I am very excited about two things: the first is starting in Daytona with the GT3 which has been very successful in Daytona and a really good team like Iron Lynx and teammates around me, so that is going to be a nice discovery for myself. And then later in the year developing the new LMDh which is a beautiful car – I’m lucky to have seen it – and an incredible project in endurance. It’s becoming a very exciting class with all the constructors coming. With Lamborghini being such a successful brand, I hope we can do well in the future."
Lamborghini Head of Motorsport Giorgio Sanna: “We are very proud to welcome Romain Grosjean to the Lamborghini family for this new and exciting period in the history of Squadra Corse. He’s a driver with a huge amount of experience in various classes over the years and will be able to add a great deal of value to both our GT3 programme, but more importantly, the development of our LMDh car as well. I am looking forward to seeing Romain out on track in Daytona which will hopefully be the start of a very successful partnership going forward."
Iron Lynx Team Principal Andrea Piccini: “Romain is a great addition to the team. Since we last raced together in 2010, Romain has gone on to achieve brilliant things in both Formula 1 and IndyCar, showing himself to be a driver of great calibre who always rises to the occasion. As a true, natural born racer, he is an uncompromising driver who is not afraid to make bold moves on the track and who is one of the greatest talents of the recent F1 era. We expect Romain to be battling hard for every place and point throughout the season. I am very happy that we will get the opportunity to work together in the capacity as team principal and driver, and I know that he will bring a great deal of experience to Iron Lynx as we embark on our new chapter with Lamborghini."