Romain Grosjean’s recovery from the burns he suffered in his fiery Bahrain GP crash is progressing with the bandages removed from his right hand.
The left, however, is still wrapped up.
Grosjean miraculously walked away from a huge accident on the opening lap of the Bahrain Grand Prix, the Haas driver taking 28 seconds to climb from his burning car.
He sustained burns to both hands, the left suffering the worst, while also spraining his ankle.
Grosjean missed the Sakhir Grand Prix but had hoped to return to the cockpit of his VF-20 for the final time at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
He announced last weekend that it would be possible due to his injuries, calling time on his Formula 1 career.
The great news in the middle of this is that he is recovering well.
He shared a picture of his healing right hand on Instagram with the caption: “Bloody hell, makes me super happy to have my right hand free from dressings.
“Loads of creaming all day long but it feels so good to see it in such good shape.
“Waiting for my left hand to recover now.”
If you had any doubt Kev is a top guy and my friend. Has been a privilege racing next to him for 4 years https://t.co/Sk9NyEpfaK
— Romain Grosjean (@RGrosjean) December 10, 2020
Announcing the premature end to his Formula 1 career, Grosjean revealed it was a decision that had to be made based on his long-term well being.
“We’ve tried as much as we could with the doctor to recover and to repair my hand, but the risk of racing is too big for my recovery and my health,” he said.
“So, the decision was made that I’m not going to race.
“It’s one of the hardest decisions of my life, but it’s obviously one of the wisest.”
He is hoping that the Bahrain Grand Prix was not his last time in a Formula 1 car.
The father-of-three is keen to do a private test with one of the Formula 1 teams when his injuries allow him to do so.
Mercedes motorsport boss Wolff says if Haas cannot do that for Grosjean, he’ll organise a test in a Mercedes.
“If we are allowed to do this, and nobody else within his universe of teams that he raced would provide him with such an opportunity, we would do this,” Wolff told Reuters.