Romain Grosjean will be back in a Formula 1 seat for the next French Grand Prix on June 27. The Frenchman will drive Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes W10, with which the Briton was world champion in 2019, in a demonstration as a preamble to the race.
Last November, Romain Grosjean left the world of Formula 1 after a horrible accident during the Bahrain Grand Prix. Seven months later, the French driver who is no longer in the paddocks for this 2021 season, will find his place at the wheel of a single-seater and not just any: that of Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes.
On the occasion of the French Grand Prix which will take place on June 27 on the Paul Ricard circuit, Romain Grosjean will perform “demonstration laps” as a preamble to the race. Then on June 29, the French driver will perform private tests on the same circuit.
“I am so looking forward to getting back in an F1 car! It will be a special opportunity for me, driving a world champion Mercedes will be a unique experience,” Grosjean said in a statement from Mercedes. “I am very grateful to Mercedes and Toto (Wolff)”, the team manager who had promised him this test, continued Grosjean.
Toto Wolff’s promise
He will be behind the wheel of the 2019 Mercedes single-seater, world champion like all models in the German manufacturer’s team since 2014. “The first time I heard about the possibility of driving a Mercedes, it was on my hospital bed in Bahrain, when Toto spoke to the media and extended the invitation. Reading this news gave me a huge boost! “said Grosjean.
On November 29, during the Bahrain Grand Prix, Romain Grosjean managed to get out of his car in flames and cut in two after hitting the safety barriers at more than 190 km / h. He had only suffered from burns to his hands, a sprained left ankle and bruises.
“We didn’t want his accident to be his last moment in an F1 car,” said Toto Wolff. “We wanted to make sure his last memories (in F1) were behind the wheel of a world champion car. I can’t wait to see him back in France and welcome him to the team for the weekend, even if he had better watch out for my 2019 W10 “, for his part joked the seven-time British world champion Lewis Hamilton.
In ten seasons in Formula 1, including the last five with the American team Haas, Grosjean has not won a Grand Prix. In 2021 he discovered the American Indycar Championship.