Ex F1 Driver Grosjean Suffers Crash Amid Positive Day During IndyCar Testing

Published 02/24/2021, 3:47 AM EST
Romain Grosjean of France and Haas F1 looks on as drivers line up on the grid for a photo prior to day one of Formula 1 Winter Testing at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


Romain Grosjean had an anti-climactic end to his F1 career last season, as he witnessed the final two races from the hospital and home. During the Bahrain Grand Prix, the Frenchman suffered a massive accident, as his Haas car pierced through the steel barriers, ultimately shattering into pieces.

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What’s more, the pointy barriers managed to open up the fuel pod, leaving the car surrounded by fire, and Grosjean stuck in it. Thankfully, he escaped the scene before it could escalate further. However, he did not really get away unscathed. Instead, he had deep burns to his ankles and his hands.

And now, after a 3-month long recovery from the injuries, Grosjean returned to action, this time in the famous American motorsport, Indycar. However, despite enjoying a rather positive day at the office, the Frenchman suffered a crash during the testing.

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The good news is that the driver is safe and sound. But the same can’t be told about the car, as it may have suffered substantial floor damage due to harsh landing onto the gravel.

Former F1 driver’s crash during Indycar testing

During the testing, Grosjean suffered a rather massive spin onto the gravel at the Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama. Unfortunately, he couldn’t get his car back onto the track and ultimately had to end the test run.

Later, according to The Race, Grosjean opened up on the crash and mentioned that it was tough to keep the car within the limits. “I made a mistake this morning, and I spun. I was stuck in the gravel,” he said.

[The track] has consequences, and you need to stay within the limits, which I always quite enjoy.

The former Haas driver is currently prepping up for the upcoming Indycar series in 2021. The Frenchman will be driving for Dale Coyne Racing, but he also clarified that he wouldn’t be competing in oval races.

My Biceps started hurting: Grosjean

Jumping into racing after a long break could have rather painful effects. And Grosjean, too, had to go through the unavoidable phase. Following the testing, the Frenchman revealed that he had sore biceps.

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BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN: Romain Grosjean of France and Haas F1 walks in the Paddock before the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit on March in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

After the first run my biceps started hurting a bit, and I thought, ‘OK, OK. Now we’re talking,” he said. “You can actually use different lines, whereas in Formula 1 you may be more stuck to the ideal line because of how the aerodynamics work.”

Overall, Grosjean is looking pretty enthusiastic about his forthcoming Indycar outing this year. Hence, will the French lad finally return to the podium after the massive drought in F1? Well, only time will tell.

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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