Romain Grosjean tested: IndyCar, then Mercedes / Formula 1

Romain Grosjean from Geneva flew to Alabama for his first test in an IndyCar. The 179-fold GP participant also reveals that the course has been set for a test in the world champion Mercedes.

On the afternoon of February 3, long-time Formula 1 driver Romain Grosjean confirmed: In 2021 he will contest thirteen races of the IndyCar championship in Dale Coyne’s racing team, all races on street courses or classic tracks. What Grosjean leaves out are the oval races. “I’m very happy that I can drive in the IndyCar series in the USA,” said the seventh in the 2013 World Cup. “I had various options for the coming season, but IndyCar was always my favorite. In IndyCar sport, the equality of opportunity is much higher than in Formula 1. I can hardly wait to have a say again about podium places and victories. “

A few days ago, the 34-year-old flew to the USA to visit Dale Coyne’s team and test it with an IndyCar from February 22nd, at Barber Motorsport Park (Alabama). In a chat with fans, the man from Geneva said: “My left hand still shows severe scars from the accident in Bahrain at the end of November, but it looks worse than it is. I won’t be fully fit yet, but it’s enough for a first test. When I wake up in the morning, my hand is a bit stiff and I have not yet regained full mobility. “

Romain Grosjean actually wanted to take part in the World Cup final in Abu Dhabi last December, but his left hand, which was injured in the fire accident in Bahrain, did not allow it. On the advice of his doctors, the man from Geneva decided not to go to the Yas Marina Circuit. Grosjean’s plan B looked like this: “If that doesn’t work out with Abu Dhabi, I’ll call every Formula 1 team and see if I can do a private test, just for 10 or 15 laps.”

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Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff then said: “If Romain cannot find a vehicle in the vicinity of the racing teams he worked for – then we will provide him with a racing car.”

Grosjean and Mercedes are now one step further. Romain says: “We have been on the phone and are in the process of finalizing the planning for this test. That will be mega. “

Grosjean basically considers Formula 1 to be “a closed chapter. But never say never If there was a good chance in the premier class, I would take it. We last saw with Pierre Gasly: ​​Corona is still there, and there is an ongoing risk that a pilot will test positive and not be able to take part in a race. “

«Of all the drivers who currently do not have a regular seat, Kevin Magnussen, Alex Albon and I are the most experienced. We know how a modern GP vehicle behaves. So I would expect one of us to get a call. “

Provisional Formula 1 calendar 2021

February 22nd: Alfa Romeo (Warsaw)
23. Februar: Red Bull Racing (Internet)
February 26th: Ferrari Team (Internet)
March 2nd: Mercedes (Internet)
March 2nd: Alpine (Internet)
March 3: Aston Martin (Internet)
March 5th: Williams (Internet)
March 10: Ferrari Auto (Internet)

Winter testing
12-14 March in Sakhir, Bahrain

March 28: Sakhir, Bahrain
18. April: Imola, Italien
02. Mai: Portimão, Portugal
09. May: Barcelona, ​​Spain
23. Never: Monte Carlo, Monaco
June 6th: Baku, Azerbaijan
13. June: Montreal, Canada
June 27: Le Castellet, France
July 4th: Spielberg, Austria
July 18th: Silverstone, Great Britain
August 01: Budapest, Hungary
August 29th: Spa, Belgium
September 5th: Zandvoort, Netherlands
12. September: Monza, Italien
September 26: Sochi, Russia
October 03: Singapore, Singapore
October 10: Suzuka, Japan
October 24: Austin, USA
October 31: Mexico City, Mexico
07. November: São Paulo, Brasilien
21. November: Melbourne, Australien
December 5th: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
12. Dezember: Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi

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