Mercedes Allay Testing Fears for Indy Pole-Sitter Romain Grosjean After F1 Calendar Clash

Published 05/15/2021, 3:56 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Sakhir Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Haas’ Romain Grosjean arrives to thank marshals ahead of the Sakhir Grand Prix REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


Yesterday, Formula One officially announced the cancellation of the Turkish Grand Prix. This piece of news upset millions across the world, including seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton.

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F1 also announced changes to the calendar to make up for the Turkish GP, with the French Grand Prix moving to June 20 and a double-header in Austria. This reshuffle has also thrown a wrench in the plans of Romain Grosjean, who was set to test with Mercedes at the French Grand Prix.

After his horrific crash in Bahrain, Mercedes’ team principal Toto Wolff promised a one-off test for Grosjean. The Frenchman was set to test their W10 championship-winning car of 2019 at the French Grand Prix.

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Fortunately, the Silver Arrows have provided an uplifting update on their plans with the former Haas driver.

Romain Grosjean will get to test the car in France, say Mercedes

Mercedes took to Twitter to announce that the Frenchman’s test will take place, despite the change in the season calendar.

Mercedes put out a tweet, stating, “The full day of testing in the W10 will still be going ahead, that plan remains unchanged, but the demo laps on the Sunday of the French GP won’t be possible now due to the calendar revisions. But the full test is still happening!”

While he may not be getting demo laps on race day, Grosjean can still be content with a full day of testing. In addition, a chance to do so on Circuit Paul Ricard sweetens the deal further!

What is the new look of Grosjean’s Mercedes test?

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As it stands, Grosjean cannot get in demo laps before race day in the French Grand Prix weekend. However, he will get a full day of testing the W10. The full-day test will continue as originally planned, with June 29 being the date.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 14: Romain Grosjean of France and Haas F1 walks in the Paddock during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Australia at Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit on March 14, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Grosjean recently appeared on F1’s Behind the Grid podcast, where he spoke about the tires on offer and what the test meant to him after his big crash last year. The 35-year-old said, “It will be the Pirelli demo tyres, so that can always play a bit. I guess it’s going to be important for many people to see me in a Formula 1 car after what happened to me.”

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The first question fans had across the world after the calendar update was the impact it would have on Grosjean’s test. With Mercedes’ answer, fans can now rejoice about the fact that Grosjean’s stint with F1 is on course for a memorable finish.

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Sanket Nair

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management student, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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