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First Italian GP in four years for Grosjean

Sep 1, 2013, 10:30 AM EST

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Romain Grosjean is set to race in the Italian Grand Prix next weekend for the first time since 2009 following his suspension from the race last season.

The Frenchman was found guilty of causing the multi-car pile-up at the Belgian Grand Prix last year, warranting a one-race ban for his actions. Having not raced in F1 in 2010 and 2011, this year’s race will therefore be Grosjean’s first Italian Grand Prix since 2009, and he is looking forward to returning to Monza.

“It’s a race I wasn’t allowed to contest last season and as a racing driver all you want to do is race, so I can’t wait to take to the track for the first time in practice on Friday morning,” he explained.

“It’s a very historic venue; a beautiful circuit in a fantastic location and racing there is always great. It’s a special feeling when you are blasting through the park along the Monza straights, and there are so many really enthusiastic fans there.”

Grosjean also explained how he is hoping for a traditionally-hot race in Italy, with the only notable wet race at Monza being in 2008.

“It can be quite hot there sometimes and it can be hard on the tyres. Considering that this is where we seem to have an advantage with our car, let’s hope for both!”

Grosjean’s only appearance at the Italian Grand Prix was far from impressive, finishing fifteenth and a lap down.

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