Seven months after starring in one of the most spectacular accidents that have been seen in the Formula 1 World Championship in recent decades, Romain Grosjean will have the opportunity to leave this discipline with a good taste in his mouth. The Frenchman, who at 35 years old accumulates ten seasons in the contest with three different teams (Renault, Lotus and Haas), retired at the end of last year once Haas executives chose to carry out a complete renovation and not Neither his contract nor that of Kevin Magnusen, his workshop neighbor, was extended. Burns from that brutal accident in Bahrain, where his car became a ball of fire after crashing into the guardrails at more than 100 miles per hour, prevented him from taking part in the last two stops on the calendar.
While he was admitted to the Manama Hospital, Toto Wolff, director of Mercedes, made him a promise to organize a training day with one of the Silver Arrows, so that in this way he would have the opportunity to close his time in F1 with a memory less bitter than those 28.8 seconds in which he was trapped inside a mass of burning iron. Mercedes announced this Wednesday the date and place where its promise will be fulfilled: June 29, at the Paul Ricard circuit. Lately used to fighting with one of the most modest cars on the grid, the Geneva racer will be able to say goodbye in style, at the wheel of the W10, the car with which Lewis Hamilton won his sixth world champion crown after winning more half of the grand prizes (11 of 21).
Grosjean, committed to the Dale Coyne Racing structure in IndyCar (United States), traveled last March to Brackley (Great Britain), where Mercedes has its headquarters and where he made the seat and practiced in the simulator. “The first time I found out about this possibility I was in the hospital in Bahrain, when Toto commented on it to the media. Reading that encouraged me a lot ”, agrees the pilot, who apart from that test will also give some exhibition laps a few days before, the weekend of the French Grand Prix. “I am very happy to see Romain back up in an F1 car. When he had the accident we all prayed for him. Seeing him come out on his own foot and fully recovered was a great relief, ”says Hamilton.