The French Romain Grosjean, away from the F1 after a terrible accident in November 2020, he will drive a car again at the end of June in tests with the team Mercedes.
At 34 years old, the French-Swiss pilot will drive the Mercedes-AMG W10 EQ Power + with which the English champion was consecrated Lewis Hamilton in 2019 during an exhibition on June 27 in the preview of the Grand Prix of France, as well as on June 29 in private tests on the same circuit.
“I am very excited to get back in a F.1 car! It will be a special opportunity for me. Driving a World Championship winning Mercedes will be a unique experience ”, explained Grosjean, who in his passage through the Maximum competed to Renault, Lotus y Haas.
“I am very grateful to Mercedes F1 and to Toto Wolff for the opportunity. The first thing I heard about the possibility of driving a Mercedes was in my hospital bed in Bahrain when Toto was speaking to the media and he made the invitation. Knowing about that news really encouraged me! ", Agregó.
“F1 did not have the opportunity to compete in France during 2020 due to COVID, so driving a Mercedes at the French Grand Prix in 2021 and then completing a test at the Circuit Paul Ricard will be very special. I can't wait for the day to come ", finished the Gaul.
In ten seasons in the F.1 Groshean achieved 10 podiums and a fastest lap. The pilot, who is currently racing in the IndyCar from the United States, has not gotten into a car since last November 29, when suffered a terrible accident at more than 190 km / h on the Sakhir circuit that set his car on fire and burned his feet, ankles and hands.
"We didn't want the accident to be the last time he got into a car", explained Toto wolff, responsible for the team. "We want his last memories (in F.1) to be at the wheel of a world champion car", Dijo.
Hamilton also spoke about this particular farewell to Grosjean from F.1. “I am very happy to see Romain in an F.1 car again after his accident last year. When it happened we were all praying for him and seeing him walk away and recover so well was such a relief. I am looking forward to seeing him in France again and welcoming him to the team for the weekend, but I better take care of my W10! ”