Mercedes provided Grosjean the prospect to check its 2019 W10 automobile following the French driver’s departure from F1 on the finish of 2020, the place the horrific accident he endured on the Bahrain Grand Prix proved to be his last race within the championship.
To permit Grosjean to log off on the next be aware, Mercedes had pencilled in a check for the now-IndyCar driver forward of the French Grand Prix at Paul Ricard, however the quarantine necessities concerned travelling from the USA to France put paid to these plans.
Though Mercedes tried to reschedule the check for the summer season, Grosjean has not been capable of declare his check outing owing to continued scheduling conflicts.
Nonetheless, Grosjean mentioned it was nonetheless possible.
He mentioned: “I despatched a message to Toto after Abu Dhabi. Properly, I left a few weeks, just a few weeks going by, after which I despatched a message to Toto, and he did reply. He began ‘Thanks,’ after which the final sentence was, ‘We have to get you in that automobile this 12 months.’
“Sure, it is nonetheless on the playing cards. There have been just a few issues final 12 months that did not make it straightforward. This 12 months I can not go on the French Grand Prix as a result of we’re racing in Iowa the identical weekend.
“However positively Mercedes is eager to do it, I’m eager to do it, though my neck will likely be dying as a result of I’ve misplaced a part of the muscle there. You’ll be able to ask Pato [O’Ward] what it was like [in an F1 car].
“However sure, we nonetheless need to do it, and if it occurs, nice. However the principle focus is now making an attempt to win races with Andretti.”
Toto Wolff, Govt Director (Enterprise), Mercedes AMG and Romain Grosjean, Mercedes
Photograph by: Mercedes GP Petronas Method One Crew
After a formidable debut 12 months in IndyCar, Grosjean has moved from the Rick Ware-supported Dale Coyne Racing squad to Andretti Autosport to interchange 2012 IndyCar title winner Ryan Hunter-Reay.
Commenting on the controversial 2021 F1 title decider in Abu Dhabi, Grosjean thought the spectacle was “wonderful” – and added that he believed that Max Verstappen had earned the title over the complete season, slightly than getting fortunate on the final lap.
Talking at an IndyCar media convention, the newly appointed driver of the #28 Andretti Autosport-Honda was requested what he considered his former friends Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes and Max Verstappen wrestling over the 2021 title in Abu Dhabi.
“I liked it!” responded Grosjean. “It was thrilling, my coronary heart was pumping like hell. And I feel having two automobiles preventing over one lap for the World Championship was wonderful.
“I feel the flawed conception is to suppose that the world championship went on one lap. It was 22 Grands Prix, and if you happen to have a look at the complete season, you realize Max had the puncture in Baku, Valtteri Bottas crashed into Verstappen in Hungary, there was the Silverstone race [clash between Hamilton and Verstappen].
“I feel on the finish, if we have a look at what number of factors have been misplaced by Verstappen, not essentially by his fault, he was the one which deserved extra the championship.
“On the Abu Dhabi race, Lewis deserved extra the championship. He bought unfortunate during the last lap. However as a race fan, I liked that final lap, and it was tremendous thrilling to look at.”