Pirelli have announced that Roman Grosjean is taking over as the new test driver for their Formula One tyres.
Grosjean is taking over from Nick Heidfeld who had considered continuing his tyres testing role after he was snapped up to drive for Sauber for the rest of the season.
However, Pirelli thought it would give the Swiss team an unfair advantage, forcing them to release Heidfeld from his contract.
Pirelli are developing their new F1 tyres as they prepare to take over from Bridgestone as the sole tyre supplier to the sport.
Grosjean, who started seven Grands Prix for Renault in 2009, will step in to assume duties with an upcoming test at Monza.
Paul Hembery, motorsport director for Pirelli, said: “In order to avoid favouring any individual team, we have jointly decided to release Nick from his contract and now we have chosen Romain to test for us in Monza.
“He’s packed a lot of experience into a short space of time, including all our GP3 tyre development, so I’m sure he’ll be able to give us some very useful feedback.”
Despite failing to win an extension to his Renault contract at the end of 2009, Grosjean has been kept busy in 2010 with stints in GP2, FIA GT and Auto GP.
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team