Toto Wolff Offers Romain Grosjean a Dream Farewell Gift From Mercedes F1

Published 12/06/2020, 2:53 AM EST
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


Romain Grosjean is currently recovering from his near-fatal crash at Bahrain GP. He burned his hands and is currently undergoing a recovery process. And owing to that, he is not taking part in this weekend’s Sakhir GP.

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The Frenchman is trying his best to be fit and available for the season-ending Abu Dhabi GP. Not just the season finale, it is possibly his last chance to drive an F1 car too, since he is without a drive for the next season and no other team is looking to offer him one either. However, if he is not able to partake in Abu Dhabi, he will try to go a different route

“The story would be beautiful to go to Abu Dhabi.

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“If I don’t, I’ll call every single Formula 1 team and see if anyone would offer me a private test in January or so to jump back in the car and have 10, 15 laps for myself.”

Mercedes ready to help Romain Grosjean

The 10-time Podium winner has previously driven for the now-defunct Lotus and its parent Renault. Hence, either his current team or the French Manufacturers should step in to give him a farewell drive.

However, if they fail to do so, The Silver Arrows won’t mind fulfilling Romain’s wish of driving an F1 car again. Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff said –

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“If we are allowed to do this. And nobody else within his universe of teams that he raced would provide him with such an opportunity. We would do it.”

Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – Haas’ Romain Grosjean during practice Bryn Lennon/Pool via REUTERS

Truly a wonderful gesture from Mercedes to offer him a drive. They are winning not just the races on the track but also the PR battles off it.

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He deserves a proper sendoff, but cash-Strapped Haas is unlikely to give him a private test run, given their miserly situation. So, what better way to do it than drive the fastest car of the turbo-hybrid era?

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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