Former F1 driver Romain Grosjean gave an update regarding his Mercedes test, saying that it will happen, but not in the immediate future.
Grosjean retired from the sport after the end of the 2020 season after a freak accident saw his car burst into flames in Bahrain. He received support and goodwill from all over the world, with Mercedes among his well-wishers.
The German team promised the former Haas driver a test drive in one of their cars as a retirement gift. However, owing to COVID-19, F1 commitments and the Frenchman’s own busy schedule, it has yet to take shape.
Nevertheless, Grosjean gave an update regarding his Mercedes test, saying that it wouldn’t be happening at the 2022 French GP.
“I sent a message to Toto (Wolff, Mercedes team principal) after Abu Dhabi,” he said, as quoted by RaceFans.
“I let a few weeks go by and then I sent a message to Toto and he did reply and it started ‘thank you’ and then the last sentence was ‘we need to get you in that car this year’. So yes, it’s still on the cards.”
Postponed, but not cancelled
“There were a few things last year that didn’t make it easy,” he admitted.
“This year, I cannot go at the French Grand Prix because we’re racing in Iowa the same weekend. But definitively, yes, Mercedes is keen to do it, I am keen to do it, even though my neck would be dying because I’ve lost part of the muscle there.
“But yes, we still want to do it and if it happens, great, but the main focus is now trying to win races with Andretti.”