Romain Grosjean is to drive a Mercedes on a one-off return to Formula 1 following his fiery accident at final 12 months’s Bahrain Grand Prix.
Grosjean will do an illustration run in Lewis Hamilton’s 2020 W10 at the French Grand Prix on 27 June, and a take a look at at the identical monitor two days later.
The Frenchman stated getting again in an F1 automobile was “a special opportunity”.
The transfer honours a pledge made by crew boss Toto Wolff because it turned clear the crash would finish Grosjean’s F1 profession.
“I didn’t want to finish on that crash,” Grosjean advised BBC Breakfast.
“While I was in the hospital, I read that Toto Wolff said he was happy to give me a day in the car if I could make it back.
“When I used to be in my hospital mattress in ache, I cherished that quite a bit and I’m very grateful and grateful for the chance.
“It’s rare you get the chance to drive a world champion Formula 1 car for fun and for pleasure – that’s going to be super cool.”
The 35-year-old suffered critical burns to his fingers when his Haas automobile cut up the crash barrier in Bahrain, however has recovered full health and has switched to the US-based IndyCar sequence this 12 months.
Grosjean stated the considered his three youngsters probably rising up with no father gave him an “extra piece of power and energy to jump out” of the automobile.
“I was well aware that my hands were burning and I knew it was get out or die but I managed to get out and since then I’m very happy nowadays,” he added.
“I worked very quickly after the crash with my psychologist and when I jumped back in a racing car, it felt normal; I felt home.
“The most vital factor is I can play with my children, I can cuddle them and I can drive a racing automobile.”
He added that doing the test in his home country, at a track where last year’s French Grand Prix had to be cancelled as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, would be a “very big day”, with a limited number of fans set to attend.
“It’s a great way to say goodbye to my followers. it will be an attractive expertise and I’m very fortunate to have it.”
Mercedes F1 boss Wolff stated: “We are very joyful to assist Romain with this particular alternative. The thought first got here when it regarded like Romain can be ending his energetic profession in F1 and we did not need his accident to be his final second in an F1 automobile.
“Romain’s accident remains us of the dangers these guys face each time they climb into the cockpit, but it’s also a testament to the incredible steps this sport has taken to improve safety over the year. I know the F1 community will celebrate seeing Romain back on track.”
Hamilton stated: “I’m really happy to see Romain back in an F1 car after his accident last year.
“I’m trying ahead to seeing him once more in France and welcoming him to the crew for the weekend – though he higher take care of my W10!”