Romain Grosjean will also not start next week at the Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi, which is the end of the season. The Frenchman’s Formula 1 career therefore seems to be over.
Grosjean, 34, who has an expiring contract with his team Haas, escaped the flames in a chilling crash a week ago at the Bahrain GP. He thought he was going to die, but got out of his car in time and only had some burns on his hands about the crash.
Grosjean therefore had high hopes that he could race again in Abu Dhabi, but he has now had to put that out of his mind. “I talked to the doctor about it for a long time,” Grosjean said in a video message on Sunday. “For my health and safety it is better not to drive in Abu Dhabi. The risk is too great.”
Pietro Fittipaldi will replace Grosjean in Abu Dhabi. The 24-year-old Brazilian, who is the grandson of two-time Formula 1 champion Emerson Fittipaldi, is at the GP of Sakhir this Sunday, also replacing Grosjean. It makes its debut in the premier class of motorsport.
Grosjean wants to continue as a driver
Grosjean made his Formula 1 debut in 2009 and missing the Abu Dhabi race will likely keep him standing at 181 GPs. Haas has signed Nikita Mazepin and Mick Schumacher as first and second drivers for next season.
It is unclear what Grosjean will do, but he does want to remain active in the racing world. “I’m curious where I will race and hopefully win races,” he said on Sunday.
Without Grosjean, who is flying back to his home in Switzerland, the Sakhir GP starts on Sunday at 6.10 p.m. Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas starts from pole position and Max Verstappen starts from third position.