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Ask the Expert - Renault’s Romain Grosjean 11 Nov 2009

Romain Grosjean (FRA) Renault.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 16, Brazilian Grand Prix, Race Day, Interlagos, Sao Paulo, Brazil,  Sunday, 18 October 2009 Romain Grosjean (FRA) Renault R29 in the first practice session.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 17, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Practice Day, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Friday, 30 October 2009 Romain Grosjean (FRA) Renault talks with Fernando Alonso (ESP) Renault.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 11, European Grand Prix, Practice Day, Valencia Spain, Friday, 21 August 2009 Romain Grosjean (FRA) Renault.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 17, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Race Day, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Sunday, 1 November 2009 Romain Grosjean (FRA) Renault R29.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 14, Singapore Grand Prix, Practice Day, Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore, Friday, 25 September 2009

In which Spanish city was Fernando Alonso born? Where in Italy are Lancia’s headquarters? Which two Frenchman competed for the team in the 1985 season? Which current Formula One driver is from Rome, and what does his first name mean? Which Frenchman has entered the most Grands Prix?

These are just some of the questions we thought Renault’s Romain Grosjean would take in his stride after he agreed to be the latest participant in our personal trivia test, ‘Ask the Expert’...

Q: You are a fan of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers song, ‘Snow’. What album does the song appear on and when was it released?
Romain Grosjean:
Stadium Arcadium released in 2006 if I am not wrong.
Correct

Q: The last French world champion was Alain Prost. What connection is there between your current team and the Professor’s last world title?
RG:
He won the title in 1993 in Williams with a Renault engine.
Correct

Q: You won the 2007 Formula Three Euroseries title. But who did you inherit the title from and who succeeded you in 2008?
RG:
That was Paul di Resta and Nico Hulkenberg.
Correct

Q: Alongside your race drive, you also work in a bank in Geneva. Can you guess how many banks there were in Switzerland in 2008?
RG:
I don’t know. Hundreds I guess…
Incorrect - to be more exact there are 327.

Q: In which Spanish city was your team mate at Renault for the 2009 season, Fernando Alonso, born?
RG:
Oviedo
Correct

Q: You are the first French driver to race a Renault since 1985. Which two Frenchman competed for the team that season?
RG:
I am good at team history: Patrick Tambay and Francois Hesnault.
Correct

Q: Like you, Jaime Alguersuari got his drive after replacing another driver mid-season. You finished your debut in Valencia in 15th, but where did Alguersuari finish his?
RG:
I can’t remember.
Incorrect - he also finished in 15th at the preceding Hungarian Grand Prix.

Q: You are a fan of the television show Prison Break. What did 13 American prisons decide to do in light of the show?
RG:
They banned their prisoners from watching the show.
Correct

Q: How many points did your predecessor at Renault, Nelson Piquet, score during his time with the team?
RG:
Something around 19 or 20 points.
Correct - it was 19 points.

Q: Which Italian former Formula One driver, born in 1954, do you share your birthday with?
RG:
I have no clue.
Incorrect - it’s Riccardo Patrese, born April 17, 1954

Q: You share your surname with a famous French tennis player. Which one and how many titles has he taken during his career?
RG:
Sebastien Grosjean, but I don’t know how many titles.
One point from a possible two - Tennis’ Grosjean has won four titles.

Q: You were born in Geneva. What appears on the right-hand side of the city’s coat of arms?
RG:
That is a golden key.
Correct

Q: In what place did Alonso finish on his Formula One debut?
RG:
That’s too long ago for me to remember!
Incorrect - he finished 12th at the 2001 Australian Grand Prix for Minardi.

Q: You scored your first GP2 victory in the 2008 Istanbul sprint race. Bruno Senna retired from that race after an unusual collision. What was so odd about the accident?
RG:
He hit a dog at high-speed.
Correct

Q: Your official website lists the Lancia Delta HF Integrale as the car of your dreams. Where in Italy are Lancia’s headquarters?
RG:
Turin.
Correct

Q: Mauritius is one of your favourite holiday destinations. The island is famous for having been the only known home of which famous bird, which became extinct in the late 17th century?
RG:
Birds are not really my speciality. Sorry, no idea.
Incorrect - it was the dodo.

Q: You like the cuisine of the French region of Haute-Savoie, but which world-famous natural drink comes from the area?
RG:
Evian water.
Correct

Q: Which Frenchman has entered the most Grands Prix?
RG:
Prost?
Incorrect - it was Jean Alesi, who entered 201 races, just two more than Alain Prost.

Q: What is the best-selling Renault road car of all time?
RG:
Sorry, I don’t know. Tell me.
Incorrect - it’s was the Renault 4, which sold over 8 million units between 1961 and 1992.

Q: Your first name means ‘from Rome’. Which Formula One driver is from Rome, and what does his first name mean?
RG:
Giancarlo Fisichella is from Rome. Giancarlo means something?
One point from a possible two - it does indeed, Giancarlo means ‘God’s gracious gift’.

Final score: 16 points from a possible 25
Ask the Expert rating: 64%

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