“Nobody Ever Talks About That”– Magnussen Heaps Praise on Romain Grosjean Despite 2018 Baku Blunder

Published 01/22/2021, 4:04 AM EST
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


Romain Grosjean, unfortunately, could not bring about the right conclusion to his F1 career. Just before he could bid farewell in the 2020 Abu Dhabi GP, he suffered a horrific, fiery crash during the Bahrain GP race.

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However, despite his mistakes and incidents on-track, Grosjean possessed some serious racing talent. Vouching for that, driver Kevin Magnussen talked about his former teammate’s abilities.

Magnussen said, “There’s been some mistakes that he’s made that have been big, say the Baku one [in 2018], where he crashed under the safety car.”

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Romain Grosjean could have had an ‘unbelievable’ result in Baku in 2018, says Magnussen

“That got so much attention, but if you look at what position he was in when he crashed, that was an unbelievable. I think it was fourth or something, in the Haas!”

The French driver had gotten his Haas up to P4 in the 2018 Azerbaijan GP and was on course to achieve an important result for the team. Unfortunately, under the safety car, he lost control of his machinery and crashed into the side barriers.

Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – Haas’ Romain Grosjean in action during qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Ozan Kose

The Danish driver continued, “Nobody ever talks about that. Had he not crashed under the safety car, he would have had an unbelievable result in that race.”

Grosjean recorded 10 podiums during his F1 career with Renault and Lotus

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“It takes away from what an absolutely amazing driver that he is. I think over the last years, him being in an uncompetitive car as well has just meant it’s been hard for him to really show,” concluded Magnussen.

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

Grosjean certainly deserves more appreciation for what he has attained in the entirety of his F1 career. After all, 179 race starts and 10 podiums tallies as a significant haul for a driver who has spent 9 seasons in the sport and received criticism a number of times.

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The Haas driver has now departed from F1 to pursue racing challenges elsewhere. But regardless of what his critics say, Grosjean will continue to have the respect of many people in Formula 1.

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Bhargav Gopal

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Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.

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