Romain Grosjean has completed a seat fitting in preparation for his farewell Formula 1 test, which Mercedes is expected to arrange.for the In The Fast Lane podcast.
Grosjean, who is racing in IndyCar this year, was offered the test following his violent crash in last year’s Bahrain Grand Prix. Grosjean suffered burns which prevented him from participating in what would have been the final two races of his F1 career.
Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff confirmed last December they were prepared to offer him a car. “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 it,” he said.
In February Grosjean revealed he had spoken to Mercedes and was “finalising the plan” for the test.
A spokesperson for the world champions declined to confirm whether Grosjean had visited their factory for the seat fitting.
Grosjean’s test will have to take place within the FIA’s strict limits on when teams can run their cars. They are forbidden from running their current cars outside of race weekends, official tests and two filming days per season, but may conduct tests using machinery from previous seasons.
The test will have to be scheduled around Grosjean’s IndyCar commitments. He is due to make his debut for Coyne in the Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsport Park on April 18th.
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