Jerome D'Ambrosio replaces Romain Grosjean for Italian Grand Prix

Romain Grosjean
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Lotus confirm that test driver Jerome D'Ambrosio will replace banned Romain Grosjean for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza.

Jerome D'Ambrosio will replace the suspended Romain Grosjean at this weekend's Italian Grand Prix, Lotus have confirmed.

Grosjean was given a one-race ban for causing the multi-car accident which saw him, Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Sergio Perez eliminated from last weekend's Belgian Grand Prix.

D'Ambrosio has been a test driver for Lotus since leaving Marussia in 2011 and will now have the chance to race for the team who currently stand third in the constructors' championship.

Team principal Eric Boullier said: "When we signed Jerome as our third driver we signed a man who is highly motivated, fresh, talented and who contested the full 2011 season.

"We hope that this will pay dividends when he drives the car this weekend in Monza. We know that Jerome is well integrated into the team and that he did a good job when he drove the E20 at the Mugello test.

"Now he has the challenge of a grand prix at the challenging circuit of Monza, in a car which is capable of finishing on the podium."

Grosjean has accumulated 76 points so far this season and sits in eighth place in the drivers' standings.

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