February 22, 2024

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In a first since fiery crash, Grosjean to test Hamilton’s F1 Mercedes

LONDON — Romain Grosjean will push a Components One motor vehicle for the very first time given that his fiery crash in Bahrain final November when he tries out Lewis Hamilton’s 2019 title-winning Mercedes at Le Castellet in June.

Mercedes stated the 35-12 months-old will carry out demonstration laps in advance of his residence French Grand Prix on June 27, and then test at the southern circuit on June 29 — 7 months to the day given that the crash.

The test fulfills a assure produced by Mercedes principal Toto Wolff as Grosjean, who is now racing in the U.S.-based mostly IndyCar collection, lay in medical center.

“I am so psyched to jump back in an F1 motor vehicle,” stated Grosjean in a Mercedes assertion. “To push a entire world championship-winning Mercedes will be a unique working experience.

“The very first I heard about the likelihood to push a Mercedes was in my medical center mattress in Bahrain when Toto was speaking to the media and produced the invitation. Looking through that information cheered me up a great deal.”

Grosjean’s Haas motor vehicle break up in 50 {0764260a27b4b31ca71a8adf79c3ae299a61e6f062052eee3f0df84ce9b30ade} and erupted in a fireball immediately after penetrating a metal barrier on the opening lap at Sakhir.

Astonishingly, the Frenchman managed to clamber out of the wreckage, struggling burns to his palms. He missed the remaining two races.

The Frenchman, who produced 179 F1 starts off with ten podium appearances, had a seat fitting and invested time in the simulator at Mercedes’ Brackley manufacturing unit in March.

“I’m searching forward to looking at him once more in France and welcoming him to the staff for the weekend, even though he’d far better search immediately after my W10,” stated 7 times entire world champion Hamilton.

Wolff stated Mercedes ended up joyful to give the driver his option.

“We didn’t want his incident to be his final minute in an F1 motor vehicle,” stated the Austrian.

“I have recognized Romain given that his days in Components A few when he received the championship. He savored a very long and prosperous F1 vocation and we needed to make positive that his final reminiscences would be at the wheel of a championship-winning motor vehicle.”