Okay. So, a joke about Brie maybe cheesy (sorry, I'll stop), but on a serious note, the French/Swiss national is a future F1 champion in the right vehicle.
After 6 years in the sport, Grosjean has gone from incident prone to first lap nutcase to quick and respected. Born in Geneva, Switzerland, Grosjean dominated the 2003 Formula Lista championship and by 2005 - in only his second season - he had won the French Formula Renault and achieved a double podium at Valencia In Formula Renault Eurocup.
For 2006, he had joined the Renault young driver program and entered Formula 3 where he had a tough inaugural season. But in the second year, he came out on top in a fierce season long battle with Swiss national Sebastien Buemi. By 2008 he was the first ever GP2 Asia champion and went into the main GP2 series with ART. He was not retained and was instead relocated to Campos Grand Prix for the 2009 season, he ended up fourth in the championship despite missing the final four rounds of the season.
After Renault dismissed Nelson Piquet Jr, Romain Grosjean was called up to the stage and competed from the European Grand Prix onwards, he ended 15th after a first lap drama with Luca Badoer. For three races, he had failed to complete a collision free opening lap and had a best qualifying result of a respectable 12th place. By the season’s end, he had a best career result of 13th but had developed a reputation of a crash prone driver.
After he was replaced by ex-team mate Vitaly Petrov, he was drive-less for 2010. However, when Nick Heidfeld was selected to race for Sauber, Pirelli needed a driver to test the tyres to be used for the 2011 season and Grosjean was deemed the chosen one. After a brief venture into sports cars and the Le Mans 24 hours, he returned to AutoGP and then GP2 with DAMS midway through 2010. After a podium finish and finishing 14th in the championship, a respectable effort considering all the races he missed, he was retained to do a full season with DAMS for 2011.
He began by winning the final GP2 Asia series championship finishing 6 points ahead of the late Jules Bianchi. In the main GP2 championship, Grosjean had at one point six consecutive podiums and wrapped up the championship at Spa-Francorchamps.
The Lotus Renault GP team had five test drivers for the 2011 season: Grosjean, Bruno Senna (, Ho-Pin Tung, Fairuz Fauzy and Jan Charouz. After Robert Kubica's horrific rally crash that resulted in the end of his F1 career, Nick Heidfeld ran the Lotus Renault until the Belgian Grand Prix and Bruno Senna drove for the team from this race onwards. After Grosjean had wrapped up the GP2 series that year, the now rebranded Lotus had signed him as a team mate to the 2007 champion Kimi Raikkonen who had returned from the WRC.
The fellow test drivers had mostly acquired new roles in the sport: Senna at a Williams race seat, Fauzy at Caterham and Tung at HRT, for Charouz it was game over but for Grosjean things had reached new heights.
Round one, Australia resulted in a qualifying result of 3rd, a new career best, however old habits returned as he crashed with Pastor Maldonado on lap 2, leading him into retirement. At Bahrain he was the first Frenchman on the podium since Jean Alesi in 1998 after collecting third place, one position behind team mate Raikkonen. He improved this to second in Canada behind Lewis Hamilton. At Hungary he became the first Frenchman since Alesi in 1999 to qualify on the front row with 2nd place. In the race he only lost one place finishing 3rd behind Hamilton and Raikkonen.
Belgium proved to be a turning point where he caused the infamous multi car pile up which earned him a race ban (the first ban since Schumacher in 1994) and a €50,000 fine. He caused more first lap crashes in Japan and Abu Dhabi and hit De la Rosa's HRT in qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix. In the off season, however, he won the Race of Champions and was retained by Lotus for 2013, again partnering Raikkonen.
For 2013, two third place finishes in Bahrain and Germany and some points scoring results overshadowed the few incidents Grosjean had had, most notably crashing into Daniel Ricciardo's Toro Rosso at Monaco. In the second half of the season, Grosjean was Vettel's closest rival and should've won races and would've done if Vettel wasn't so dominant. Two straight podiums in Korea and Japan, both third places, showed Grosjean's credentials as a top class driver. Another podium in India and a fourth in Abu Dhabi again showed his pace, A third place grid slot became second on race day in America again behind Vettel.
For 2014, Grosjean chose number 8 for his career but any hopes of a title challenge were over as an uncompetitive Lotus car meant points finishes were sporadic. Grosjean chose number 8 as his wife was born on the 8th, they started dating in 2008 and their son was the 8th wonder of the world (what he classes his second child, born in 2015, as will be nothing to do with 8, I guess).
In 2015, three years after his pile up, he returned to the podium after over 18 months away from it at the Belgian Grand Prix. Grosjean had qualified fourth, but dropped down to ninth as a result of a gearbox penalty.
Apart from the standout podium result, Grosjean was in Q3 for every one of the opening four races. Grosjean has showed this season that he is still up the sharp end in the right car and has outperformed team mate Maldonado in everything apart from crashing. Top job, RoGro.