Romain Grosjean says his Mercedes test drive is “still on the cards”

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Former F1 and current IndyCar driver Romain Grosjean says Toto Wolff confirmed to him that his Mercedes test drive is “still on the cards”.

After Romain Grosjean’s catastrophic fiery crash at the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix, the Frenchman didn’t have another opportunity to drive a Formula 1 car before he left the series at the end of the year.

This prompted Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff to offer him a test with Mercedes. However, the Frenchman’s IndyCar obligations prevented the drive from happening when it was first scheduled.

However, he now confirms he has been in contact with Wolff, and the test is still on.

“I sent a message to Toto after Abu Dhabi,” Grosjean said at an IndyCar media day.

“Well, I let a few weeks go by and then I sent a message and he did reply. He said ‘Thank you’, and then the last sentence was ‘We need to get you in that car this year’, so it’s still on the cards.”

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The idea was for Grosjean to test during a French Grand Prix weekend, but in 2022 it again clashes with his IndyCar obligations.

“There were a few things last year that didn’t make it easy. This year I cannot go to the French Grand Prix because we are racing in Iowa the same weekend.

“But Mercedes is keen to do it, I am keen to do it even though my neck will be dying because I’ve lost part of the muscle there. But we still want to do it.

“And if it happens, great, but the main focus is now trying to win races with Andretti,” Romain concluded.

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