Romain Grosjean Admits F1 Crash Still Hurting Him Amid IndyCar Testing

Published 02/26/2021, 12:25 AM EST
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)


Romain Grosjean escaped a dangerous accident when he lost control of his Haas during the Bahrain Grand Prix. The Frenchman missed the rest of the races that season due to severe burns on his hands and ankle.

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Haas F1 had announced earlier last year that Grosjean will not be driving for the team in 2021. Following the conclusion of the F1 season, he embarked on a new journey at the Indycar series and had a test run with his new team.

In a recent interview, Grosjean admitted that he has not yet fully recovered. “After the first run my biceps started hurting a bit, and I thought: ‘OK, OK. Now we’re talking. I had a big snap on the last run (of the morning), and that was a bit painful. I expect those. You really feel the car.”

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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)

“I guess you can drive it a little bit more with your driving style with the way you apply the brake and your turning and so on. You can actually use different lines, whereas in Formula One you may be more stuck to the ideal line because of how the aerodynamics work,” he shared.

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The Formula 1 veteran was testing the Indycar for the first time at Barber Motorsports Park. There was one striking difference that the Frenchman noticed between Formula 1 and Indycar series; the openness of the paddocks was something he really liked.

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Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – Haas’ Romain Grosjean during a press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

“I was quite surprised to see that the cars are being set up here, and there’s no closed garage or tents. I really like it. You get to go into the pit lane, and I was talking to Sebastien Bourdais, and Takuma (Sato) came over, and we had a good chat next to his car,” he said.

The Tuesday test marked the first time Romain got behind a wheel in a motorsport series since his fiery crash at Bahrain. He will make his Indycar debut this season at Birmingham, Alabama, in under two months.

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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