Mercedes will give Romain Grosjean two alternatives to drive considered one of their world-championship successful automobiles subsequent month.
Will probably be his first likelihood to drive a Method 1 automobile because the stunning crash in Bahrain final 12 months which pressured an early finish to his grand prix profession. Grosjean suffered burns to his palms within the crash which prevented him contesting what would have been his closing two races for Haas.
He was fitted for a seat on the Mercedes manufacturing unit in March and familiarised himself with their techniques within the simulator.
Mercedes introduced right this moment Grosjean will drive the W10 Lewis Hamilton used to win the world championship in 2019 in a collection of demonstration laps on June 27th through the French Grand Prix weekend at Paul Ricard. He will even have a day’s working within the automobile on June 29th.
“The thought first got here when it seemed like Romain could be ending his energetic profession in Method 1, and we didn’t need his accident to be his final second in an F1 automobile,” stated Mercedes CEO Toto Wolff.
“I’ve recognized Romain since his days in Method three when he gained the championship. He loved an extended and profitable F1 profession and we wished to ensure that his closing recollections could be on the wheel of a championship-winning automobile. I’m excited to see what Romain’s suggestions on the W10 is.”
Grosjean stated he was longing for the “distinctive expertise” of driving a world-championship successful Method 1 automobile.
“I’m very grateful to Mercedes F1 and to Toto for the chance. The primary I heard concerning the likelihood to drive a Mercedes was in my hospital mattress in Bahrain when Toto was chatting with the media and made the invitation. Studying that information cheered me up loads.
“F1 didn’t get the prospect to race in France throughout 2020 due to Covid so driving a Mercedes on the French Grand Prix in 2021 after which finishing a check on the Circuit Paul Ricard, my residence observe, shall be so particular. I can’t look ahead to the day to reach.”
Grosjean began 179 races in his Method 1 profession and completed on the rostrum 10 instances. His final podium end got here with Mercedes energy within the 2015 Belgian Grand Prix at Spa, for Lotus. He’s competing within the IndyCar collection for Coyne/Rick Ware this 12 months.