• Katie Humphris

Romain Grosjean to test for Mercedes at the French Grand Prix

Five months after his terrifying crash in Bahrain last season, Romain Grosjean will drive Lewis Hamilton’s title-winning Mercedes W10 in a demo run at the French Grand Prix, followed by a full day of testing.

The last time we saw Romain Grosjean in Formula 1, he was climbing over a barrier after miraculously escaping the crash in which he travelled through a barrier at full speed as it engulfed in flames leaving the Frenchman in the inferno for 28 seconds. Luckily, he escaped with only burns to his hands and minor burns to his legs and is still here to tell the story of that terrifying night in Bahrain.

Grosjean is currently racing in Indycar for Dale Coyne Racing but will be making a return to F1 for the French GP, in which he will have a demo run and then a full day of testing with the Mercedes team. The car he will be driving will be Lewis Hamilton’s 2019 winning championship car in which he will be driving around his home GP at Paul Richard Circuit on June 27th with testing two days later on the 29th.

Grosjean was hopeful he would race in the 2020 F1 season finale in Abu Dhabi, but due to his injuries he sustained on his hands, he was unable to do so. He mentioned how he didn’t want to leave the sport in the way he did and wanted to get back in a Formula 1 car. After the accident Mercedes boss, Toto Wolff, said he would give Grosjean an opportunity sometime in the 2021 season if Romain didn’t have a drive, and he certainly kept his promise.

“I am so excited to jump back in an F1 car. It will be a special opportunity for me and to drive a world championship-winning Mercedes will be a unique experience,” said Grosjean.

“I’m very grateful to Mercedes F1 and to Toto for the opportunity.

“The first I heard about the chance to drive a Mercedes was in my hospital bed in Bahrain when Toto was speaking to the media and made the invitation. Reading that news cheered me up a lot.”