Romain Grosjean to Take a look at Lewis Hamilton’s 2019 Mercedes at French GP Circuit
Romain Grosjean will drive a System One automobile for the primary time since his fiery crash in Bahrain final November when he tries out Lewis Hamilton’s 2019 title-winning Mercedes at Le Castellet in June.
Mercedes mentioned the 35-year-old will carry out demonstration laps forward of his house French Grand Prix on June 27, after which check on the southern circuit on June 29 — seven months to the day for the reason that crash.
The check fulfils a promise made by Mercedes principal Toto Wolff as Grosjean, who’s now racing within the U.S.-based IndyCar collection, lay in hospital.
“I’m so excited to leap again in an F1 automobile,” mentioned Grosjean in a Mercedes assertion. “To drive a world championship-winning Mercedes will likely be a singular expertise.
“The primary I heard in regards to the probability to drive a Mercedes was in my hospital mattress in Bahrain when Toto was chatting with the media and made the invitation. Studying that information cheered me up quite a bit.”
Grosjean’s Haas automobile break up in half and erupted in a fireball after penetrating a steel barrier on the opening lap at Sakhir.
Amazingly, the Frenchman managed to clamber out of the wreckage, struggling burns to his arms. He missed the remaining two races.
The Frenchman, who made 179 F1 begins with 10 podium appearances, had a seat becoming and frolicked within the simulator at Mercedes’ Brackley manufacturing unit in March.
“I’m wanting ahead to seeing him once more in France and welcoming him to the group for the weekend, though he’d higher take care of my W10,” mentioned seven occasions world champion Hamilton.
Wolff mentioned Mercedes had been glad to present the motive force his alternative.
“We didn’t need his accident to be his final second in an F1 automobile,” mentioned the Austrian.
“I’ve identified Romain since his days in System Three when he gained the championship. He loved a protracted and profitable F1 profession and we needed to ensure that his closing recollections could be on the wheel of a championship-winning automobile.”