Haas racer Romain Grosjean will miss the final race of the 2020 Formula 1 season in Abu Dhabi on Sunday and has ended his Formula 1 career for now at least. The French racer sustained an injury during the Bahrain Grand Prix after he crashed into the barrier resulting in his car splitting in half and combusting. Grosjean was engulfed in flames for 28 seconds before being rescued from his car only suffering burns on his hands.
Haas team boss Gunther Steiner said: “I’m naturally very sorry that Romain will miss what was going to be his final race with Haas F1 Team.” Steiner also said: ‘Romain has shown exceptional bravery and amazing spirit over the last few days.’ Grosjean has been at Haas since 2016, their debut season. Grosjean was replaced by Pietro Fittipaldi, the grandson of former racer Emerson Fittipaldi in yesterday’s Sakhir Grand Prix in Bahrain.
But it appears that his F1 career has come to an end with his Haas contract ending next year alongside current teammate Kevin Magnussen with both racers being replaced for next season. It has been announced that they will be replaced by Russian F2 driver Nikita Mazepin and current F2 champion and the son of legendary racer Michael Schumacher, Mick Schumacher.
Romain Grosjean’s total F1 record accumulates to 181 total entries, 391 total career points and 10 podiums, however, he did not manage to get a win in his career.
Words by Oliver Dickson.