Romain Grosjean ‘ready’ for Mercedes test as he shows off helmet after Toto Wolff call

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EX-FORMULA 1 star Romain Grosjean was provided the possibility to check a Mercedes automotive by Toto Wolff following the Frenchman’s horror crash in Bahrain.

F1: Romain Grosjean breaks silence after horror crash

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Ex-Formulation 1 driver Romain Grosjean revealed he’s ‘prepared’ for his Mercedes take a look at run and the Frenchman has even had a particular helmet for the occasion made. Grosjean has beforehand spoken of a ‘enjoyable’ cellphone name he shared with Mercedes boss Toto Wolff which advised he would get to attempt driving one of many well-known Silver Arrows at a testing session. 

Grosjean’s F1 profession got here to a terrifying finish after he suffered horrific burns to his palms when his automotive burst right into a fireball when he crashed by the protection barrier on the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix. He required surgical procedure to deal with his accidents and, with simply two races left within the season, Grosjean was changed by Pietro Fittipaldi to concentrate on restoration. 

The Frenchman was subsequently left with no seat after he was launched by Haas. Nonetheless, Wolff reached out to Grosjean and provided him the possibility to drive a Mercedes F1 automotive at a non-public take a look at. 

Grosjean has continued racing in IndyCar, however he’s clearly eager to return to an F1 cockpit. His customized helmet proves he’s prepared, and the 35-year-old hopes the take a look at might run this yr. In a Youtube video taking a detailed have a look at his motorsport gear, Grosjean confirmed off his new helmet: “I do know everyone seems to be asking concerning the Mercedes take a look at, nicely there may be the helmet. The take a look at hasn’t occurred but, however we have a helmet prepared for it.”

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Romain Grosjean 'ready' for Mercedes test as he shows off helmet after Toto Wolff call

Romain Grosjean has a customized helmet prepared for his take a look at with Mercedes (Picture: GETTY/Romain Grosjean Official Youtube)

“I despatched a message to Toto after Abu Dhabi,” Grosjean stated when beforehand talking about his communication with Wolff. “I let just a few weeks go by after which I despatched a message to Toto and he did reply and it began ‘thanks’ after which the final sentence was ‘we have to get you in that automotive this yr’. So sure, it’s nonetheless on the playing cards.

“There have been just a few issues final yr that didn’t make it straightforward. This yr, I can’t go on the French Grand Prix as a result of we’re racing in Iowa the identical weekend.

“However definitively, sure, Mercedes is eager to do it, I’m eager to do it, though my neck could be dying as a result of I’ve misplaced a part of the muscle there. We nonetheless wish to do it and if it occurs, nice, however the principle focus is now making an attempt to win races with Andretti.”

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Romain Grosjean 'ready' for Mercedes test as he shows off helmet after Toto Wolff call

Romain Grosjean’s customized Mercedes helmet is impressed by Lewis Hamilton with a French flag (Picture: Romain Grosjean Official Youtube)

Grosjean, who secured 10 podiums throughout his 10 years in F1, was on account of drive the Mercedes AMG F1 W10 EQ Energy+ on the 2021 French Grand Prix, his house race. The take a look at was initially delayed because of the pandemic, however Grosjean is now preoccupied together with his IndyCar commitments. 

He competes for Andretti Autosport after a profitable return to racing in 2021 noticed him safe a pole place and three podiums whereas driving for Dale Coyne Racing. 

As for Wolff and Mercedes, the 22-race F1 2022 marketing campaign – which is predicted to return to 23 races within the close to future as soon as a Russian Grand Prix substitute is discovered – continues with the Australian Grand Prix on April 10.

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