‘Wouldn’t Race Any Car Without a Halo’ – Romain Grosjean Opens up on His Future After F1

Published 12/05/2020, 6:00 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 considers himself very lucky to be alive today. The driver had a huge shunt at turn 3 of the opening lap at Bahrain GP. The car not only broke in half but also caught fire in the part that he was in. He was in the fire for 28 seconds, any longer, and he might have been a dead man walking.

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The Frenchman is most certainly leaving the sport for good at the end of this season. Previously, he was contemplating a move to Indy Racing as his next career move. However, his death-defying crash has left him doubtful of a move.

Adamant that he does not want to put his family through something like that again, he said“Obviously, we were talking about IndyCar at one point, but I’m having the thought now that to add the risk of ovals. Where you can have big shunts and having my family far away and seeing on TV, it’s hard. And I don’t know if I could make it.”

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Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – November 29, 2020 Haas’ Romain Grosjean is placed into an ambulance after crashing out of the race Pool via REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Romain Grosjean won’t race without Halo in the future

However, if the Haas driver decides to eventually continue with his racing career, he won’t do so without his savior.

The 10-time race winner was previously against the safety equipment but now his stance has changed, “When you go through what I went through on Sunday, it’s not involvement that you have, it’s a duty to help… Halo is the best thing. I wouldn’t race any car without a halo.”

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Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit, Portimao, Portugal – October 24, 2020 Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi in action during qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Rudy Carezzevoli

He is looking at the bigger picture now; life is not just about fast cars to him now. He appreciates the value of life more now and is clear that he isn’t prioritizing racing over his family –

“Last week the priority was to sign a contract and find a way to go racing in 2021. The priority now is a bit different and, if I don’t race in 2021, I’ll be cycling, kite surfing, spending time with my kids. Enjoying life and having time off which I didn’t have since I was 17.”

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Hopefully, Romain can have a proper farewell at the season-ending Abu Dhabi; and then, needless to say, a peaceful retirement.

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Bharat Aggarwal

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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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