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Grosjean’s Mercedes F1 check to proceed regardless of French GP date change

Having switched to IndyCar after his F1 profession was abruptly ended by a fiery crash in final 12 months’s Bahrain Grand Prix, the Frenchman had been due to get two outings with Mercedes in June as a part of a particular remaining run in F1 equipment.

He was initially on account of demo a Mercedes W10 over the French GP weekend on 25-27 June, previous to a correct check at Paul Ricard on 29 June.

Nonetheless, as a part of a calendar shuffle prompted by the Turkish Grand Prix being called off, the French GP has been introduced ahead per week.

The occasion now takes place on the identical 20 June date because the Highway America IndyCar spherical, with Grosjean dedicated to the road and highway course occasions with Dale Coyne Racing.

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A spokesman for Mercedes has confirmed that the conflict implies that Grosjean’s demo laps in France can now not go forward as initially deliberate.

Nonetheless, Mercedes will nonetheless give him a correct run out at Paul Ricard on 29 June.

Romain Grosjean, Mercedes

Romain Grosjean, Mercedes

Picture by: Mercedes GP Petronas Formulation One Workforce

Grosjean’s check with Mercedes got here as a part of a proposal that Mercedes F1 staff boss Toto Wolff made whereas the previous Haas driver was recovering in hospital from burns sustained within the crash. 

Talking to the Past the Grid podcast this week, Grosjean revealed: “It was all Toto. You realize, after I was in my hospital mattress in Bahrain, somebody was serving to me to open the issues on my cell phone, as a result of I did not have any fingers to make use of.

After which buddies advised me ‘Oh, Toto says you would have a check in a Mercedes should you do not make it again to Abu Dhabi’. And I am like, ‘Oh okay, that is, you already know, that’s tremendous cool.

“Clearly, on the time, I actually preferred it. However I needed to return again to Abu Dhabi till the day it wasn’t going to occur. After which I went again dwelling, had a little bit of restoration after which ultimately received a name from Mercedes.

“And it says, ‘Okay, so listed here are the dates that we might do it, seat match can be on that date, you would perform a little little bit of simulator as nicely, and the way does that give you the results you want and are you up for it?’ Bloody hell, in fact I am up for it!

He added: “It’s an unimaginable likelihood. Only for few issues. I am nonetheless a Formulation 1 fan. I nonetheless watch the races. I’ve been driving it, however now I get to drive the 2019 world champion automobile, which on the finish just isn’t too removed from the 2020, which was in all probability the quickest Formulation 1 automobile ever constructed.

“And I drive it with out strain, you already know, with out having a check day to finish few check issues and undergo a programme and so forth. Sure we will have a programme, however it’s extra [like] let’s go and have some enjoyable.”

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