The 35-year-old Frenchman had been determined that his final act in an F1 machine would not be the crash that made headlines around the world and left him with severe burns to his hands.
Forced out of the final two races of the season for Haas, Grosjean was recovering in hospital when he received a promise of an F1 test with Mercedes from Silver Arrows boss Toto Wolff for make sure he could finish his Grand Prix racing history on his own. terms.
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True to this promise, Grosjean will drive 2019 championship winner Lewis Hamilton’s W10 in a full day test at the French Grand Prix circuit, Circuit Paul Ricard, on June 29, seven months to the day. since his accident.
Grosjean will also drive the car for a series of demonstration laps ahead of its home race at the same location two days earlier.
“I am very grateful to Mercedes F1 and Toto for this opportunity. The first time I heard about the possibility of driving a Mercedes was in my hospital bed in Bahrain when Toto was speaking to the media and extending the invitation. Reading this news gave me a lot of morale!
“F1 didn’t have the chance to race in France in 2020 because of Covid, so driving a Mercedes at the French Grand Prix in 2021 and then performing a test at the Circuit Paul Ricard, my home track, will be so special. . I can’t wait for the day to come. “
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“We are very happy to support Romain with this special opportunity,” he said. “The idea came when it looked like Romain would end his active Formula One career, and we didn’t want his accident to be his last moment in F1.
“He had a long and successful career in F1 and we wanted to make sure his last memories were behind the wheel of a championship winning car. I am delighted to see Romain’s return to the W10.
“Romain’s accident reminds us of the dangers these guys face every time they step into the cockpit, but it’s also a testament to the incredible steps the sport has taken to improve safety over the years. I know the F1 community will celebrate Romain’s return on the right track. “
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Lewis Hamilton also had a few words for the man who was getting into his old courier, saying he was “really happy” to see the Frenchman get back into an F1 cockpit. “When it happened we all prayed for him and seeing him get away from it and recover so well was a huge relief,” Hamilton added.
“I can’t wait to see him back in France and welcome him to the team for the weekend – although he better take care of my W10. “
It will be an emotional occasion, so whatever you do, be sure to tune into the French Grand Prix on June 27.