Romain Grosjean declared his full-time Formula One profession closed on Wednesday however stated he remained open to any stand-in position and would even be following up the supply of a farewell take a look at with Mercedes.
The French 34-year-old bowed out final 12 months after a fiery crash in Bahrain, two races earlier than the tip of the season, and is ready to start out a new journey in IndyCar.
“I think it’s a closed book, but never say never,” the previous Haas driver instructed reporters in an internet information convention. “If there are any good opportunities in Formula One, I would be more than happy to jump in.
“I’ve got the experience, I think I can adapt myself to the car… there’s always a risk that a driver may not compete in a race.”
Six of the 20 drivers have examined optimistic for COVID-19 for the reason that pandemic began, together with Mercedes’ seven instances world champion Lewis Hamilton.
Mexican Sergio Perez, Canadian Lance Stroll and Hamilton all needed to miss races final 12 months because of the virus, with Germany’s Nico Hulkenberg filling in for the primary two and Britain’s George Russell serving as a stand-in at Mercedes.
AlphaTauri’s Gasly, Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and McLaren’s Lando Norris contracted the virus post-season.
Grosjean stated the times of simply making up the numbers have been over, nevertheless.
“If it’s being in Formula One to barely go out of Q1 (first qualifying) once or twice a year… I think that chapter is closed for me. I’d much rather look at other places where I can go race and potentially try to win races,” he stated.
Mercedes group boss Toto Wolff stated after Bahrain that he would give the Frenchman a farewell take a look at if no one else may present a chance. Grosjean stated he hoped to take the Austrian up on the supply.
“It’s an offer you cannot refuse,” he stated.
“At the minute I think they are absolutely flat out in building the new car for the new season… so I won’t phone Toto right now. But he can expect to get a phone call eventually and me asking to have a go at it.”
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