Romain Grosjean will drive Mercedes W10 challenger in a test ahead of the French GP at Paul Ricard.

Romain Grosjean comes back to drive a Formula 1 car. After his horrifying accident at last year’s Bahrain GP, which did not let him participate in the two final races of the 2020 F1 season, the Frenchman was offered by Toto Wolff that he would get the opportunity to test a Mercedes car. Now, this is real. It had been announced that Grosjean would drive the 2019 Mercedes car in a special test after the French Grand Prix as well as a couple of demo laps ahead of the race.

“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,” Grosjean said. “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!”

“F1 didn’t get the chance to race in France during 2020 because of COVID so driving a Mercedes at the French Grand Prix in 2021 and then completing a test at the Circuit Paul Ricard, my home track, will be so special. I can’t wait for the day to arrive,” he added.

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff added: “We are very happy to support Romain with this special opportunity. The idea first came when it looked like Romain would be ending his active career in Formula One, and we didn’t want his accident to be his last moment in an F1 car. I have known Romain since his days in Formula Three when he won the Championship. He enjoyed a long and successful F1 career and we wanted to make sure that his final memories would be at the wheel of a championship-winning car. I’m excited to see what Romain’s feedback on the W10 is.”

“Romain’s accident reminds us of the dangers these guys face each time they climb into the cockpit but it’s also a testament to the incredible steps this sport has taken to improve safety over the years. I know the F1 community will celebrate seeing Romain back on track.”

Lewis Hamilton, whose car would be driven by Grosjean, also shared his thoughts: “I’m really happy to see Romain back in an F1 car after his accident last year. When it happened, we were all praying for him, and seeing him walk away from it and recover so well was a massive relief. I’m looking forward to seeing him again in France and welcoming him to the team for the weekend – although he better look after my W10!”   

The 2021 Formula 1 French Grand Prix will take place on June 25th-27th.

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