Ex-F1 Driver Grosjean Rates Raikkonen Higher Than Fernando Alonso

February 22, 2021 1:44 pm

Haas F1 chose to let go of Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen for the 2021 season, instead opting for an all-new rookie driver lineup. He was forced to end his last season abruptly after he was hospitalized following a dangerous accident at the Bahrain GP.

In an interview, the Frenchman looked at the F1 grid for the upcoming season and gave his views on certain drivers, including Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen. Grosjean was teammates with Alonso as a rookie back in 2009. Following this, he moved to Lotus and drove alongside Raikkonen as well.

SOCHI, RUSSIA – Kimi Raikkonen of Alfa Romeo talks in the Drivers Press Conference ahead. F1 Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

The Frenchman answers who he rates more highly. “I would say Kimi, just because I spent more time with Kimi, we spent more time together. But Alonso was mega and I am really looking forward to seeing what he is going to do,” he said.

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Romain Grosjean gives his rookie pick of the year

The Formula 1 grid will host three rookie drives this season. The Formula 2 champion, Mick Schumacher, will pair up with Nikita Mazepin at the Haas F1. While Yuki Tsunoda will make his debut as the shortest F1 driver ever at the AlphaTauri.

Grosjean took his pick of the rookie and said, “2021 rookie of the year will definitely be Yuki Tsunoda. To me he is very talented, a very cool guy, so I see good things for him in Formula 1.”

SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA – JULY 10: Yuki Tsunoda of Japan and Carlin prepares for the Practice for the Formula 2 Championship at Red Bull Ring on July 10, 2020 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Joe Portlock – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

Due to the injuries following his accident, the Frenchman could not end the season with a drive. He was ruled out of the rest of the races; however, there were soon talks of giving Grosjean a farewell run in an F1 car.

The Frenchman clarified that he has been in touch with Toto Wolff and that they are finalizing the plan for making that final lap happen. Grosjean deserves to bid farewell to the sport he spent more than a decade in.

Do you believe we will get to see the Frenchman have his farewell drive this season?

Ayush Manjunath

Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 contributor at EssentiallySports, based in Bengaluru. He is an intense lover of Formula 1, Ayrton Senna, Max Verstappen, and George Russell, and has previously worked as an athlete agent. He is a law graduate and is currently enrolled in a Sports Management Program at GISB, Mumbai. 2019 was quite an eventful year for Ayush, as he completed a program in Sports, Media and Entertainment Management at UCLA, won a national moot court competition, and judgement national writing competition.

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