“It’s my fault”: Former F1 driver accepts blame for unfulfilled Mercedes potential despite once-in-a-lifetime opportunity

Former F1 driver Romain Grosjean has taken the blame on himself for failing to take out time to honour his Mercedes commitment, claiming that he was ‘selfishly’ looking out for himself.

The nine-time podium sitter was involved in a horrifying crash in 2020 at the Bahrain Grand Prix after contact with AlphaTauri driver Daniil Kvyat. He sustained serious burns to his hand in the aftermath, but luckily made it out of the cockpit of his car.

Romain Grosjean is a former F1 driver
Romain Grosjean has discussed the immediate aftermath of his crash in Bahrain. Credit: motorsport.com

He never raced in F1 again and was replaced by Pietro Fittipaldi for the final two races of the season, which meant that he was never formally allowed to bid farewell to the sport.

As a measure of goodwill, Mercedes offered the Frenchman a chance to test drive their car in what would be a more fitting way for him to exit the sport. However, Grosjean was unable to find the time to do the test which was initially scheduled for the 2021 French Grand Prix in front of his home crowd.

Grosjean confessed that his desire to conduct this test is still there, but he just hasn’t found the time.

“Yes, absolutely. We haven’t found the time yet – and yes, it’s all my fault. It’s not easy though,” Grosjean said.

“I’m looking at 30 race weekends next year. You guys complain about 24 in F1 and I have 18 in IndyCar, seven in endurance and five in F1 with Canal+. So it’s not easy to add a test.

“Also, very selfishly, I’m trying to delay it to the point where I can actually test a new generation of cars. But yeah, I’m still keen to do it and whenever I see Toto he always confirms that it’s going to happen. Yes, it would be very cool to get back in an F1 car.”

Grosjean currently competes in the IndyCar series, where he races for Juncos Hollinger Racing along with teammate Agustin Canapino.

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