Romain Grosjean Set to Return to F1 Paddock at Spa for 1st Time Since His Horrific Crash

Published 08/28/2021, 4:48 AM EDT
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL – Romain Grosjean of France and Haas F1 prepares to drive in the garage during practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Brazil at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)

Former F1 driver Romain Grosjean has revealed that he will be in Spa at the weekend for the Belgian Grand Prix. The Frenchman has had an interesting relationship with the Spa-Francorchamps circuit. The track was a sight of his last podium in his F1 career in 2015, but it will always be a venue that earned him a race ban in 2012.


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Grosjean took to social media to post that he will be in Spa. ” Off to Spa,” Grosjean said on his Insta Story. Although he won’t return in a racing capacity, rather be there for some media duties.


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It was a small mistake, but a big incident: Romain Grosjean on Spa 2012 crash

Grosjean crashed into Hamilton at turn 1 in Spa in 2012. The incident took out several other drivers, such as Fernando Alonso, Mark Webber, and Sergio Perez. The crash earned Grosjean a race ban, and he did not compete in the 2012 Italian Grand Prix.

“I misjudged the gap with Lewis. I thought I was in front of him. It was a small mistake, but a big incident. I’m very sorry, and I’m just glad nobody is hurt. That’s the main thing.” said Romain after the crash.

MONTMELO, SPAIN: Romain Grosjean of France and Haas F1 looks on after stopping on track during day three of F1 Winter Testing at Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

“Obviously it’s a very hard decision to hear, and when you love racing, it’s hard. If there is more than one [mistake] then that is too many. It is too much. I know that. Some are not my fault, but I will analyze and I will try to not repeat it in the seven last races.

For sure I don’t want to do any more [crashes], so I will work as much as I can to try to avoid those. It’s just most of the time misjudgment of the space I have in front or the space I have on the side.” said Grosjean on his race ban.


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Lewis Hamilton assesses his performance on Friday in Belgium

Lewis Hamilton finished the FP1 and FP2 trailing behind his teammate Valtteri Bottas on Friday. He mentioned the team were trying various setup changes on the car to extract performance at Spa.

“It’s been an okay day, a bit miserable here. The sessions are very short, so we don’t get a huge amount of knowledge or gaining from the short time we have,” said Hamilton.


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Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 27, 2021, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during practice REUTERS/Johanna Geron

“It’s a massively challenging circuit, trying to find that right balance, and this morning we had it one way, we changed it this afternoon, very very similar.

“You go faster in the first and third sector, but you go slower in the middle, or you go quicker in the middle and slower in the other two. So trying to find that balance is quite tricky, but it’s a great circuit,” said Hamilton.


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Hamilton will hope to sort out his issues ahead of the all-important FP3 and Qualifying on Saturday.

Can Lewis get another pole at Spa? Let us know.



Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.