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AUGUST 28, 2011

Grosjean wins GP2 title

Romain Grosjean has clinched the 2011 GP2 championship with his third place finish in Saturday's race.

Christian Vietoris won the race, which featured a downpour mid-race, over Jules Bianchi by two seconds. Grosjean's nearest title contender, Giedo van der Garde, spun and touched a barrier at Eau Rouge, and was retired from the race.

The big question is what comes next for the 25 year-old Frenchman, who raced for Renault in F1 when he replaced Nelson Piquet Jr. for the final seven races of 2009. Grosjean struggled to keep pace with his experienced team mate Fernando Alonso, and for 2010 Renault picked Vitaly Petrov for the seat - bringing along considerable finances to the team - to partner Robert Kubica.

Grosjean made a comeback in GP2 last summer, and was able to secure the championship this season with three races still remaining - winning five races so far this year.

Renault boss Eric Boullier would like to have Grosjean drive for Renault, but with Petrov bringing much needed funds to the team, and Robert Kubica's expected return, there is talk that he might be placed at Virgin if Jerome d'Ambrosio is not retained for next season.