Haas F1 Team driver Romain Grosjean’s season, and likely Formula 1 racing career, is over.
The 34-year-old driver, who was burned in a crash on the first lap of the F1 Bahrain Grand Prix on Nov. 29, was hoping to return for the season-ending Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi on Dec. 13, but instead he’s been sent home to Switzerland to continue treatment for burns suffered on both hands in the crash.
Grosjean does not have a ride in Formula 1 for 2021. He was the first driver signed to the Haas F1 team and has been with the team all five years of its existence.
“It is with great sadness that I will not be able to do my final race in Abu Dhabi and be with the team there,” Grosjean said. “We’ve tried as much as we could with the doctor to recover and to repair my hand, but the risk of racing is too big for my recovery and my health. So, the decision was made that I’m not going to race. It’s one of the hardest decisions of my life, but it’s obviously one of the wisest. I will miss the team, but I will be supporting them as ever.”
Haas reserve driver Pietro Fittipaldi is driving in place of Grosjean at the F1 Sakhir Grand Priz on Dec. 6, and Fittipaldi will close out the season in the seat at Abu Dhabi.
“I’m naturally very sorry that Romain will miss what was going to be his final race with Haas F1 Team,” said Guenther Steiner, team principal Haas F1 Team. “But we are all in agreement that he has to take the best course of action regarding his treatment and recovery from last Sunday’s incident. Romain has shown exceptional bravery and amazing spirit over the last few days—we know how badly he wanted to be able to return to the cockpit of the VF-20 in Abu Dhabi. And we all would have loved him to have been there too.
“Romain believed in our Formula 1 project at the very start, he committed to drive for us before we’d even built a car. There is no doubting the determination and sheer effort he has put into helping us to achieve what we have as a young team in Formula 1. We will forever be grateful for that belief and commitment. It is those qualities, his drive and ambition, that I’m sure will aid him on his recovery. On behalf of Gene Haas and myself, together with the whole Haas F1 Team operation, we wish Romain well and a return to full health.”
Tough way for Grosjean to go out. How do like the team prospects going forward with Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin in the seats next season. Start a discussion in the comments section below.
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