Since Romain Grosjean's accident in the Bahrain GP last year, he hasn't stepped foot back into a Formula 1 car.... Until now. Grosjean will take the wheel of the Championship winning W10- at the Paul Ricard Circuit next month.
His horrendous crash last year was absolutely devastating but thankfully he walked away from the crash suffering with various burns. He was due to be replaced by the young drivers who currently now occupy the teams seats, but he was hopeful that he could have raced in the Finale at Abu Dhabi. This was not to be the case. Due to the injuries sustained it brought his F1 carrer as we know it to an end.
Toto Wolf promised to Romain that he would not end his career in that fashion, offering him a drive in the ever dominant Mercedes at some point in the future. The team principle invited Romain to the base in Brackley on 30th March to undergo a seat fit and spend time in the simulator. These preparations are all leading to the forma F1 driver taking part in an organised test of the French-man's home circuit on the 29th June. Also taking part in a series of demo laps ahead of the French Grand Prix on Sunday 27th June.
"I am so excited to jump back in an F1 car! 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 opportunity. The first I heard about the chance to drive a Mercedes was in my hospital bed in Bahrain when Toto was speaking to the media and made the invitation. Reading that news cheered me up 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."
"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 have known Romain since his days in Formula Three when he won the Championship. He enjoyed a long and successful F1 career and we wanted to make sure that his final memories would be at the wheel of a championship-winning car. I'm excited to see what Romain's feedback 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".
"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 looking forward to seeing him again in France and welcoming him to the team for the weekend - although he better look after my W10!"