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Grosjean will not race in Abu Dhabi

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06/12/2020

Romain Grosjean will leave Bahrain to return home to Switzerland where he will receive on-going medical treatment on the burns he suffered on the back of his hands at the Bahrain Grand Prix, Haas has announced. As a result, he will not attend the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix next week, the season finale which was scheduled to have been the Frenchman's final race with the American team.

Pietro Fittipaldi, currently subbing for Grosjean at the Sakhir Grand Prix, will compete again for Haas alongside Kevin Magnussen.

"It is with great sadness that I will not be able to do my final race in Abu Dhabi and be with the team there," said Grosjean. "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. 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. I will miss the team, but I will be supporting them as ever."

"I'm naturally very sorry that Romain will miss what was going to be his final race with Haas," said Guenther Steiner. "But we are all in agreement that he has to take the best course of action regarding his treatment and recovery from last Sunday's incident.

"Romain has shown exceptional bravery and amazing spirit over the last few days - we know how badly he wanted to be able to return to the cockpit of the VF-20 in Abu Dhabi. And we all would have loved him to have been there too.

"Romain believed in our Formula 1 project at the very start," he continued, "he committed to drive for us before we'd even built a car.

"There is no doubting the determination and sheer effort he has put into helping us to achieve what we have as a young team in Formula 1.

"We will forever be grateful for that belief and commitment. It is those qualities, his drive and ambition, that I'm sure will aid him on his recovery. On behalf of Gene Haas and myself, together with the whole Haas F1 operation, we wish Romain well and a return to full health."

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1. Posted by kenji, 06/12/2020 11:23

"A very wise move by Grosjean. I would say that his F1 career is finished and he'd be far better served by moving on into WEC style racing. There is no shame in that and he'd not be under quite the same spotlight as in F1. This year was his last pre accident. "

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