Romain Grosjean will not race for Haas in the last GP at Abu Dhabi, making Bahrain GP potentially the last race of his F1 career.
Romain Grosjean, as most expected, has decided to call it in a day on his current F1 stint, and potentially his career. He will speak the season-finale at Abu Dhabi, and will instead head to Switzerland to receive treatment on his hand.
“Romain Grosjean will depart Bahrain to return home to Switzerland where he will receive on-going medical treatment on the burns he suffered on the back of his hands at the Bahrain Grand Prix – Sunday 29 November.”
The official communication from Haas also added that Pietro Fittipaldi will continue to be the Frenchman’s substitute, partnering Kevin Magnussen. This puts an end to speculation that Mick Schumacher could make his F1 debut a season earlier than scheduled.
“As a result, Grosjean will not attend the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix next week with Haas F1 Team – the season finale of the 2020 FIA Formula 1 World Championship scheduled to have been the Frenchman’s final race with the American team. Pietro Fittipaldi, currently subbing for Grosjean at the Sakhir Grand Prix at the Bahrain International Circuit, will compete again for Haas F1 Team alongside teammate Kevin Magnussen in Abu Dhabi, 11-13 December.”
“One of the hardest decisions” for Romain Grosjean
The Frenchman, who beat fire, no less, has called the decision to not sit on the VF-20 an extremely tough one. He is instead meeting his team on the paddock during the Sakhir GP and heading to Switzerland thereafter. Here’s wishing Grosjean all the good luck in his career and life. His honest character and histrionics is a stuff of legend, which will be missed by the F1 community.
“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.”
“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.”