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Grosjean - It Would Be Stupid from Renault to Oust Me

Renault's Romain Grosjean insisted that it would be stupid for the Enstone based team to get rid of him after only 7 races in Formula One. The Frenchman was favorite to clinching the GP2 Series title this year but was chosen by Renault to stand in for departed Nelson Piquet Jr. earlier in the season, failing to score a single point for the team in the meantime.

However, the Renault driver – regarded as the top racer France has to offer at the moment – insisted that the reason for his poor performances was the lack of performance from the R29, which gave him little to work with in the past few months. Even Fernando Alonso admitted he drove the worst Renault car ever in recent weeks, and asked his team to reconsider a potential Grosjean ousting.

I'm a fighter until the end. I am very motivated to stay. I have to wait for the decision of the team. It would be stupid to do only seven races with a car down in performance. If the story stops here, it would be a complete mess,” Grosjean was quoted as saying by the French press prior to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix this weekend.

However, as recent reports have showed us, it's not the lack of points that may cause Grosjean's exit from Enstone, but his former relationship with disgraced Renault manager Flavio Briatore. The French driver was championed by the 59-year old Italian in the past, and Renault are allegedly trying to get rid of every little thing connecting them to Briatore and the crash gate.

The only thing that seems to help Grosjean is the fact that he's French. Renault will likely think his potential outing through in the next few weeks based on that situation, but team boss Bob Bell admitted getting the top drivers one could afford is top priority for the team ahead of a difficult 2010 season.

Romain still remains a possibility but we need to look at all the possible options. It would be sad to lose him from the Renault programme and obviously he's French, so that carries some consequences for the team. But we do need to put the best drivers in the car that we can afford,” said Bell.
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