Romain Grosjean will get to drive the Mercedes W10 for demo laps ahead of French GP and have a full run post the F1 race at Paul Ricard.
What was promised by Wolff, following his crash in F1 Bahrain GP, the confirmation of the same has happened, with Grosjean to drive the 2019 Mercedes W10 machine at Paul Ricard. He will undertake a demo run on June 27 during French GP.
Post that, he will have a full run on June 29 at the same venue. Grosjean had a seat fit at Brackley, where he also met Wolff on March 30. The IndyCar racer spent some time on the simulator too – all of this has been shot by the Nteflix crew.
“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. 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,” summed up Grosjean.
Meanwhile, Wolff, stated: “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.”
And Hamilton added: “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.”
Photos from seat fit of Romain Grosjean:
Here’s Netflix on filming seat fit