Romain’s escape from the burning wreck of his Haas car captured worldwide attention in November 2020 and the 35-year old was fortunate to escape with only severe burns to his hands. Despite his valiant efforts to recover, Romain was ruled out of the final two races of the season; it appeared the door was closing on a storied F1 career spanning 179 starts and 10 podiums.
Yet in the aftermath of his accident, Toto Wolff made a commitment to Romain that his crash would not be his final act in F1. True to his word, Toto invited Romain to the Mercedes F1 base in Brackley on 30 March to undergo a seat fit and spend time on the team’s simulator in preparation for a specially-organised test at the Frenchman’s home circuit on 29 June - seven months to the day since his accident. He will also take part in a series of demo laps ahead of the French Grand Prix on Sunday 27 June.
This season, Romain is competing in the IndyCar series for Dale Coyne Racing with RWR. The Mercedes-AMG W10 EQ Power+ he will be driving in France took 15 wins, 10 pole positions and set nine fastest laps between both drivers during the 2019 season, with Lewis winning the Drivers’ Championship and the team taking the Constructors’ title that year.