Romain Grosjean Marks Return to Racing after Horrid Bahrain Accident

Published 01/02/2021, 9:12 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September – Haas’ Romain Grosjean in the paddock ahead of the Grand Prix REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov


Romain Grosjean is still recovering from the horrifying crash he was involved in during the Bahrain Grand Prix. He is extremely lucky to have emerged with just minor burns from that huge fireball. From the view of it, fans and everyone in the paddock had expected something far too worse. Yet, the Frenchman lived to fight another day.

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Although he made it out alive of the gigantic crash, he could not get back to his cockpit. Romain Grosjean had to sit out the last two rounds of what is possibly his last F1 season ever. The burns on his hands and palms took time to heal, and Pietro Fittipaldi got his F1 debut in Grosjean’s cockpit.

Romain knew that he was not making it back to F1. Therefore, halfway into this season’s championship, fans heard him talking of trying his luck at the Endurance championships. He had also affirmed that he and Peugeot were in talks, but nothing surfaced further from that.

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Eventually, he went ahead with his team of virtual racing. R8G has quite a name in the world of Esports. He has been doing this for a while and plans to launch it in a much grander version.

Well, he could be out of career options and he seriously wants to pursue this passion of his.

Earlier, the Frenchman announced the entry of his team in a Simulation championship held by VCO Esports. “First time back to racing after Bahrain. Happy to represent the @r8gesports car for the @vcoesports ProSim series. @PredatorGaming,” read his tweet.

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Romain Grosjean not held back by burns

Grosjean was likely the inspiration for Lando Norris to launch his own Esports venture, Quadrant. Besides being a well-experienced pilot in the cockpit, he is a trustworthy pair of hands on the simulator too. His career is over is a statement too harsh for any racing driver. However, this period can be termed as a sabbatical.

The former Haas driver understands that he is not yet fully fit health-wise. However, that can’t be enough to keep him away from his passion. Of course, it is not similar to sitting inside an F1 beast’s cockpit, but it’s the next closest thing to that.

BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN – DECEMBER 05: Romain Grosjean of France and Haas F1 walks in the Paddock with his wife Marion before last practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Sakhir at Bahrain International Circuit on December 05, 2020 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

I am very happy to be back racing. I’m not 100 percent yet but I’m committed to taking the VCO ProSIM SERIES seriously and want to be there to represent R8G,” concluded Grosjean.

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Mick Schumacher will replace Romain Grosjean at the Haas car.

The German young blood showcased a steady promise from his stint in F2 and since then has been flying at every other test. The American team appears optimistic for 2021 with him, and hopefully, he lives up to their expectations.

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Indrasish Ganguly

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Indrasish Ganguly is an F1 author at Essentially Sports. An avid fan of the F1 championship, the Kolkata based writer admires Lewis Hamilton the most on the F1 grid. His interest in racing stems from his love for cars and speed.

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