Romain Grosjean will have the opportunity to drive Lewis Hamilton’s 2019 championship-winning Mercedes W10 F1 car next month.
After Grosjean’s brush with death at the Bahrain Grand Prix in November last year, Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff said he would provide the Frenchman with the opportunity to drive one of the team’s Formula 1 cars, as he didn’t want Grosjean’s last experience of an F1 car to be his Bahrain crash.
“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,” Grosjean said. “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.”
Grosjean will jump into the cockpit of the Mercedes W10 to complete a number of demonstration laps at the French Grand Prix on June 27. He will then enjoy a private test day at Paul Ricard on June 29.
“We are very happy to support Romain with this special opportunity,” Wolff said. “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.”
Following his exit from Formula 1 at the conclusion of the 2020 season, Grosjean now races with Dale Coyne Racing in IndyCar.