Toto Wolff Clarifies Intentions Behind Offering Romain Grosjean A Testing Session with Mercedes

Published 12/08/2020, 1:18 PM 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 was hospitalized after a fiery crash at the first Bahrain Grand Prix. He missed the Sakhir Grand Prix race last weekend because of injuries sustained. He will also be missing the last race of the season at Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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The Frenchman lost control of his car during the starting lap of the circuit and darted into the barriers. His car split into two halves and burst into a fireball. He sustained some burns on his hands and ankles but is discharged from the hospital now.

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Flames seen from the crash scene after Haas’ Romain Grosjean crashed out at the start of the race Pool via REUTERS/Kamran Jebreili

Romain Grosjean does not have a seat for the 2021 season. He was eager to come back for his last race in Abu Dhabi. However, his minor burns are not yet healed completely. Meanwhile, Toto Wolff offered Grosjean a chance to pass the chequered flag once more.

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Wolff clarified that his offer was not a PR stunt. He said, “First of all it is not some kind of PR stunt, jumping on the accident bandwagon, I haven’t texted with Romain yet because I think he has a thousand messages every day.”

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Romain Grosjean will have the last drive offer at Mercedes“: Wolff

Toto Wolff clarified that they will be happy to accommodate Grosjean for the Abu Dhabi testing. He stated that if Grosjean does not get a drive with his previous teams, Mercedes will have an offer to allow him to cross the chequered flag once again.

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

“What I heard is that he did not want to finish his Formula 1 career with an accident,” said Toto Wolff. “What I said is that if he doesn’t have a drive in Formula 1, and if none of his previous teams, Renault or Haas, would give him a drive, then he could try our machine at a circuit we decide, and maybe he is keen for a Mercedes,” Wolff further explained.

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The regulations around Abu Dhabi testing are very strict. If Romain Grosjean is permitted to drive for the testing session, it is unlikely that he will complete in the current car. However, the Formula 1 community would like to bid the Frenchman a good farewell from the sport, even if it is with him crossing the chequered flag driving a dated technology.

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Ayush Manjunath

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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