Romain Grosjean has decided to return home to Switzerland to continue treatment to heal the burns from last weekend’s major crash at the Bahrain Grand Prix, which will see him miss the 2020 final in Abu Dhabi, which would be his last F1 race. Haas.
Pietro Fittipaldi, who is replacing Grosjean for the weekend’s Sakhir GP, will once again take the wheel along with teammate Kevin Magnussen at Yas Marina.
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Grosjean was expected to compete in Abu Dhabi, the Frenchman was keen to cross F1 again and has been in the gym since leaving the hospital but when it opened to the media the same week it was clear he was not ready for it if it endangers his long-term health.
“With great sadness I will not be able to make the final race in Abu Dhabi and be with the team there,” Grosjean said. “We tried as hard as we could with the doctor to heal and fix the hand, but the risk of running is too great for my healing and my health.
“So I decided I wasn’t going to go to the 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 as always I will help them. ”
This means that Bahrain will be their last Grand Prix, as the American team Haas was with them from the start of the F1 F1 project, which was their 98th appearance.
“I personally feel that Romain has lost what would have been his last race with the Haas F1 Team,” said team director Guenther Steiner. “But we all agree that he needs to take the best steps to deal with the treatment and recovery from last Sunday’s incident.
“Romain has shown extraordinary courage and amazing spirit in recent days – we know how badly he wanted to be able to return to the cabin of the VF-20 in Abu Dhabi. And we would all like him to be there too.”
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Steiner praised Grosjean’s work for the team as the Frenchman scored his first points for the first time and played a key part in his development.
“Romain initially believed in the Formula 1 project, he committed to driving for us before we built the car,” he added. “There is no doubt about the decision and effort he has made to help us achieve what we as a young team in Formula 1, we will forever be grateful for that belief and commitment.
“These qualities, their impulses and ambitions, I am sure will heal. Gene Haasen and on my behalf, together with the entire operation of the Haas F1 Group, we wish Romain a welcome and return to full health.”
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