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Pirelli role good step back to F1 for Grosjean – Boullier

Romain Grosjean’s new Pirelli testing role is a good step towards his return to the formula one grid, according to Eric Boullier.

Boullier is not only boss of the Renault team, but also the Gravity Sport management company, who have recently signed up the Swiss-born French driver.

“It’s obviously a very good thing for him,” Boullier, referring to the Pirelli job, is quoted by France’s Auto Hebdo.

GP2 and former Renault driver Grosjean, 24, has been appointed to replace the Sauber-bound Nick Heidfeld at this week’s Pirelli tyre test at Monza.

He is hoping the role will become full-time.

Said Boullier: “It allows him to drive a formula one car and gives him credibility within the paddock.

“He deserves a second chance,” added the Frenchman, who decided to replace Grosjean with Russian pay-driver Vitaly Petrov for the 2010 Renault race seat.

Boullier said “a lot of teams” positioned to have drivers appointed by Pirelli to replace Heidfeld.

He also expects Petrov and his teammate Robert Kubica to have a better weekend in Singapore after a difficult Monza outing.

“We knew Monza was not our favourite track, but from Singapore and the rest of the season we should regain the level of performance we had in Belgium,” said Boullier.

“We are not planning to change the ‘F-duct’ in Singapore because it’s working just fine, but we will have a new front wing,” he revealed.