Romain Grosjean will drive a Formula One automobile for the primary time since his dramatic accident ultimately 12 months’s Bahrain Grand Prix after world champions Mercedes organised a one-off test for the French driver.
Grosjean will drive the 2019 title-winning Mercedes W10 in a non-public test day at Paul Ricard on June 29 in addition to finishing a sequence of demonstration laps on the French Grand Prix on June 27.
After lacking the ultimate two races of the 2020 season due to burns to his palms, the test will mark Grosjean’s first return to an F1 automobile since he miraculously walked away from the fiery accident that just about claimed his life in Bahrain.
In the aftermath of the accident, Grosjean, who left Haas on the finish of final 12 months and now races in IndyCar, mentioned he wished to end his F1 profession on a excessive fairly than with the reminiscence of the accident.
“I want to jump back in an F1 car because it has been my life and I would like to cross the finish line properly when I finish my career in Formula One,” he mentioned on the time. “I don’t want it to be over on a bad day.”
On listening to the quotes, Mercedes group boss Toto Wolff mentioned he would prepare a test for Grosjean and on Wednesday the group adopted by on that promise by asserting the chance in France.
“I am so excited to jump back in an F1 car!” Grosjean mentioned. “It will be a special opportunity for me and to drive a world championship-winning Mercedes will be a unique experience.
“I’m very grateful to Mercedes F1 and to Toto for the chance. The first I heard in regards to the probability to drive a Mercedes was in my hospital mattress in Bahrain when Toto was talking to the media and made the invitation. Reading that information cheered me up rather a lot!
“F1 didn’t get the chance to race in France during 2020 because of COVID so driving a Mercedes at the French Grand Prix in 2021 and then completing a test at the Circuit Paul Ricard, my home track, will be so special. I can’t wait for the day to arrive.”
Wolff added: “We are very happy to support Romain with this special opportunity. The idea first came when it looked like Romain would be ending his active career in Formula One, and we didn’t want his accident to be his last moment in an F1 car.
“I’ve recognized Romain since his days in Formula Three when he gained the Championship. He loved a protracted and profitable F1 profession and we wished to make it possible for his ultimate recollections can be on the wheel of a championship-winning automobile. I’m excited to see what Romain’s suggestions on the W10 is.
“Romain’s accident reminds us of the dangers these guys face each time they climb into the cockpit but it’s also a testament to the incredible steps this sport has taken to improve safety over the years. I know the F1 community will celebrate seeing Romain back on track.”
Grosjean visited the Mercedes manufacturing facility in Brackley, U.Ok. on March 30 to full a seat becoming and to spend a while in the group’s simulator to put together for the test.
The automobile he’ll drive took 15 wins, 10 pole positions and set 9 quickest laps between each drivers throughout the 2019 season, in addition to delivering Hamilton that 12 months’s drivers’ championship.
Hamilton mentioned: “I’m really happy to see Romain back in an F1 car after his accident last year. When it happened, we were all praying for him and seeing him walk away from it and recover so well was a massive relief.
“I’m trying ahead to seeing him once more in France and welcoming him to the group for the weekend – though he higher take care of my W10!”