Grosjean: ‘I never thought about quitting racing’

Henry Valantine
Romain Grosjean, paddock return, F1

Romain Grosjean has said he never considered leaving motorsport while in his hospital bed following his horror accident in Bahrain.

The Frenchman managed to escape from his burning wreckage with ‘only’ severe burns on his hands and a sprained ankle when the reality is it could have been a whole lot worse.

However, with an IndyCar drive secured for 2021 and confirmation he has had a seat fit to have a private farewell test with an unconfirmed F1 team, his path back into motorsport is now in front of him.

“2020 was a full-on year,” Grosjean said, perhaps understatedly, to

“In between the start of the season and the pandemic, I was going racing every week and building my e-sports team. Then the crash in Bahrain, I didn’t know what would be next.

“On the hospital bed, the first thought I had was ‘how can I get back to motorsport?’ I tried as long as I could and as hard as I could and I never thought about quitting racing.

“IndyCar was always in the back of my head and I wanted to go and race again in IndyCar. I used e-sports to learn the circuits and luckily I could find IndyCars and the circuits on most of the games.”

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Grosjean, who earned 10 podium finishes in his time in F1, spoke about the launch and growth of his e-sports team and revealed that using his own simulator has helped play a part in his recovery in preparing for the new season as an IndyCar driver.

“I was happy to have the sim [rig] at home because that was the first thing I could get back racing after the accident,” he explained.

“I’ve been on the sim quite a bit to make sure my left hand is getting in the right position and the skin can do it. On top of being a cool toy at home, it’s also been quite helpful in the rehab.

“I’ve always kept an eye on e-sports but last year, with the pandemic, I felt it was the perfect time to set up an e-sports team. I like building things and I got the chance to have the right people for me at the time.”

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