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Grosjean closer to final F1 private outing

Haas F1 Team Principal Guenther Steiner and Romain Grosjean of France and Haas F1 talk in the Paddock before final practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Sakhir at Bahrain International Circuit on December 05, 2020 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)

Romain Grosjean has completed a seat fitting as he prepares to take on a final Formula 1 private running.

Grosjean’s last season in Formula 1 ended spectacularly, as he crashed into the barriers during the first lap of the Bahrain Grand Prix, with his car breaking in half and lighting on fire. Because of this, his career was prematurely ended, as he missed the following Sakhir Grand Prix and the season-closing Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

A fire is pictured following the crash of Romain Grosjean of France and Haas F1 during the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit on November 29, 2020 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Now, Grosjean is getting ready to make one final Formula 1 outing; he’s set to do a private test in an F1 car, with Mercedes being the ones expected to provide it. According to Netflix’s Drive to Survive executive producer, James Gay-Rees, the French-Swiss driver has already made his seat fitting.

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff had promised the team would provide Grosjean with an opportunity for a private F1 outing if no other team offered it. “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.”

While Mercedes has provided no further comments, Grosjean had confirmed back in February that he was in talks with the Silver Arrows. “I have had a phone call with them and we are finalizing the plan,” he said. “I think it’s going to be mega.”

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