As Toto Wolff had committed to it, Romain Grosjean will take the wheel of a Mercedes single-seater on the sidelines of the next French Grand Prix, followed by a day of testing with the German team.
A promise is a promise and the Mercedes team will keep theirs. While Romain Grosjean was unable to go to the end of his last season in Formula 1 following his appalling crash at the Bahrain Grand Prix, Toto Wolff had said his team was ready to offer the driver Geneva the opportunity to drive an F1 single-seater one last time during a day of private testing. ” If we are allowed to do it and no one else in his universe of teams that he has run would offer him such an opportunity, we would. “, Then affirmed the Austrian leader. A proposal that will become reality in two stages on the Circuit Paul-Ricard du Castellet. Indeed, Romain Grosjean will first perform several demonstrations behind the wheel of a W10, the single-seater with which Lewis Hamilton was crowned world champion in 2019, on the sidelines of the French Grand Prix, scheduled for June 27.
Next month, Romain Grosjean will get behind the wheel of an F1 car for the first time since his crash in Bahrain
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Grosjean: “A unique experience”
Two days after the French stage of the world championship, the former Haas driver will return to the Circuit Paul-Ricard for a full day of testing behind the wheel of the same single-seater, the current regulations do not allow Mercedes to organize private tests with more recent equipment. In view of these events and in the greatest secrecy, Romain Grosjean made a passage through Brackley, where the German team is based, on March 30 to mold his seat but also to perform preparation laps on the simulator. ” I’m so excited to get back into a Formula 1. It will be a very special opportunity for me and driving a world champion Mercedes will be a unique experience., said the French in a statement. I am very grateful to the Mercedes team and Toto Wolff for this opportunity. The first time I heard about this possibility was in my hospital bed in Bahrain, when Toto Wolff was speaking to the media and extending the invitation. Learning it cheered me up! “
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Wolff and Hamilton eager to see Grosjean on track
Toto Wolff, boss and shareholder of the Mercedes team, said he was “very happy to support Romain Grosjean with this special opportunity”. “The idea came when we realized that Romain would end his F1 career and we didn’t want his accident to be his last moment behind the wheel of an F1 car. He had a long and successful career in the discipline and we wanted to make sure his last memories were behind the wheel of a world champion single-seater.. I can’t wait to hear his feedback on the W10. His accident reminds us of the dangers drivers face every time they get behind the wheel, but it is also proof of the huge steps forward the discipline has taken to improve safety over the years. I’m sure the entire F1 community will be happy to see Romain on the track again. “Lewis Hamilton, for his part, said he was” impatient to see Romain Grosjean in France “and” welcome him to the team during the weekend “, adding that he will” still have to take care of the W10 ”.