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F1 star who suffered 'horror cash' still owed Mercedes test amid search for Lewis Hamilton replacement

Chris Byfield

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F1 star who suffered 'horror cash' still owed Mercedes test amid search for Lewis Hamilton replacement

Romain Grosjean revealed he is still owed a test by Mercedes.

Lewis Hamilton, who joined Mercedes for the 2013 season and secured six of his seven world titles with the team, announced he is set to switch to Ferrari in 2025.

"It's been a crazy few days filled with a whole range of emotions," on the move he said.

"The time has come for me to start a new chapter in my life and I will be joining Scuderia Ferrari in 2025.

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"I feel incredibly fortunate, after achieving things with Mercedes that I could only have dreamed of as a kid, that I now have the chance to fulfil another childhood dream. Driving in Ferrari red."

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Meanwhile, Grosjean, who last made an F1 outing at the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix, admitted he is still owed a test by Mercedes amid the news of Hamilton's departure.

The Frenchman was scheduled to complete that season before leaving Haas, only for a devastating fireball accident to cut his year short.

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Grosjean thankfully survived, and following the accident Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff offered Grosjean the chance to move on from F1 on much better terms with a test outing in their machinery.

Grosjean explained that it is yet to take place, however, and that the blame for that lies with him.

When asked by GP Racing magazine if he is still keen to test with Mercedes, he said: “Yes, absolutely. We haven’t found the time yet – and yes, it’s all my fault.

Hamilton will join Ferrari in 2025 (Getty)
Hamilton will join Ferrari in 2025 (Getty)
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“It’s not easy though – I’m looking at 30 race weekends next year. You guys complain about 24 in F1 and I have 18 in IndyCar, seven in endurance and five in F1 with Canal+. So it’s not easy to add a test.

“But also, very selfishly, I’m trying to delay it to the point where I can actually test a new generation of cars.

“But yeah, I’m still keen to do it and whenever I see Toto he always confirms that it’s going to happen. Yes, it would be very cool to get back in an F1 car.”

Grosjean suffered burns to his hands in the Bahrain blaze but delivered the positive news that said injuries are healing well.

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Asked how his hands are, Grosjean said: “Good. I mean, some days it’s a bit painful, the left one. But I would say 95 per cent of the time I don’t even think about it.”

Featured Image Credit: Getty

Topics: Formula 1, Lewis Hamilton

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