Grosjean looking forward to ‘emotional’ first French GP in 2018

Romain Grosjean admits racing in front of his home fans in 2018 will be emotional - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Romain Grosjean has expressed his delight to the news that Formula 1 will race in his homeland for the first time since 2008 during 2018, which would be his first experience of a French Grand Prix.

The thirty-year-old Haas F1 Team racer made his Formula 1 debut towards the end of the 2009 season but has only been a full time racer since 2012, and he doubted that he would get the opportunity to race in front of his home fans.

Paul Ricard will host the French Grand Prix from 2018 onwards after agreeing a five year contract to host the race, and Grosjean admits it will be an emotional event for all of the French drivers on the grid.

“You can easily imagine how emotional it will be for us French drivers to race in front of our fans,” said Grosjean on

“I have talked about it with others and to be honest I have had some doubts over the recent years and then all of sudden, thanks to many people pulling together, the return of French GP has materialised.

“It’s quite exceptional. Circuit Paul Ricard is a unique venue and I look forward to being there in 2018 and trying to win my first French GP!”