Romain Grosjean will get back into a Formula 1 car at the end of June. The Frenchman, who escaped from a sea of flames at the Bahrain Grand Prix in November after a serious crash, is allowed to drive test laps in the Mercedes a few days after the French Grand Prix in which Lewis Hamilton became world champion in 2019.
During the French grand prix, familiar territory for 35-year-old Grosjean, he will also drive a number of demonstration laps in the Mercedes car.
In doing so, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff lives up to the promise he made when Grosjean was recovering in hospital from burns he sustained in the accident, in which his car broke in two and caught fire. Grosjean was initially stuck, but managed to get out of the car after half a minute.
Grosjean was in his last races for racing stable Haas in Bahrain when he crashed. Wolff felt that the Frenchman could not end his career in Formula 1 in this way and invited him behind the wheel of a Mercedes.