The Australian Grand Prix podcast In the Fast Lane has released its latest episode featuring Romain Grosjean.
Grosjean joins In the Fast Lane co-hosts Matt Clayton and Michael Lamonato to discusses the highs of his 10-year Formula 1® career, his recovery from the dramatic fireball crash in Bahrain last year, and his switch to IndyCar and oval racing as a 35-year-old 'rookie'.
Nearly twelve months on from Grosjean’s intense Bahrain crash, he admits there is still some work to be done on his left hand and that it will never be perfect but that he has learnt to live with it.
“The right hand is 100% good, I just need to put some sunscreen on when I go out in the sun since it’s kind of brand new skin, the left hand is the one that got a little bit more damaged…there is still a bit of work to be done but it’s never going to be perfect, it is painful but you learn to live with it,” Grosjean said.
“To be fair I can play with my kids, I can drive a car, I can live pretty much normally, there are a couple of things that I’m slightly restricted but it 95% works well,” he continued.
Grosjean’s debut for Haas took place in Australia in 2016 and resulted in an incredible sixth place for the brand-new Formula 1® team, he explains that whilst he has always qualified well in Melbourne, he’s always been unlucky when it comes to the race.
“Australia has always been super-fast, I think my qualifying in Melbourne are very impressive, but I never got any luck which makes the flight back home very long, apart from in 2016,” Grosjean said.
“We had a poor qualifying but then in the race we stayed out there, we managed the tyres, got really lucky with the red flag and then had to go again,” he continued.
“We’d never done more than 30 laps up to that point in the car, so we had no idea if it was going to make it to the end or not, obviously crossing the line in P6 was a big thing for us and like I said at the time that felt like a win for a new team in Formula 1.”
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