Sunday, 29 November 2020, started out like any other race day for the Haas F1 Team’s Romain Grosjean as he prepared for the Bahrain Grand Prix. The French-Swiss driver headed into the race knowing that he was leaving the Haas F1 Team at the end of the season and was set to join Dale Coyne Racing in the NTT IndyCar Series for the 2021 season.
Grosjean started the race from 19th place and made a horrible start to the race and heading down from turn 2 he ran wide and hit the barrier where the car was ripped in half. Grosjean was able to escape the blaze but suffered severe burns to his hands but was getting out of the car quickly was pivotal to saving his life.
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Grosjean returned to the track to a heroes welcome shortly after the crash and has been offered a farewell F1 test with the Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team.
Fast forward to 2021. Grosjean is like a phoenix rising from the ashes as he took part in a partial program in the NTT IndyCar Series in 2021 competing on road and street course events claiming podiums and the GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis where he claimed his maiden NTT P1 Award and finished the season in 15th place with four top-five finishes.
Grosjean’s remarkable success in his rookie season in the NTT IndyCar Series caught the attention of Michael Andretti and for the 2022 season, Grosjean will compete full-time in the NTT IndyCar Series driving the No.28 DHL Honda vacated by Ryan Hunter Reay.
Grosjean tweeted on Monday, the anniversary of his accident saying:
Grosjean went on to tweet the following:
Romain Grosjean will make his Indianapolis 500 debut with Andretti Autosport in May having successfully completed ROP (Rookie Orientation Programme).