F1: What’s Next for Romain Grosjean?

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Romain Grosjean's Formula 1 career could be over after losing his seat at Haas. © Andy Hone/LAT Images/Haas F1 Team

It has been confirmed that Romain Grosjean will leave the Haas team at the end of the season.

Rumours amongst the F1 paddock had suggested that Grosjean and current teammate Kevin Magnussen would be dropped for 2021.

On Wednesday evening, it was confirmed via French media that both drivers had lost their seats at Haas.

To date, Grosjean has made 175 Grand Prix starts for Renault, Lotus and Haas respectively, claiming 10 podium finishes.

Although they are few seats remaining, recent reports suggest that the 34-year-old hasn’t been negotiating with any other teams.

“I think that maths are quite easy,” Grosjean told Essentially Sports.

“There aren’t many seats left. So in that aspect, there is little bit less speculation.

“And also looking at other options as well outside F1, to see what could really be tempting.”

So it’s seems that Grosjean will be looking outside of F1 to further his career.

With that said, let’s assess what options will be on the table for the Frenchman.

A French Alliance with Peugeot’s WEC Comeback

Peugeot will join Toyota and Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus in the FIA WEC’s all-new Hypercar class. © Peugeot Sport

The most viable option would be joining Peugeot ahead of their return to the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2022.

Earlier this month, Grosjean confirmed to Autosport that he was ‘interested’ in Peugeot’s Hypercar project.

“A French constructor at one of the greatest races in the world, for sure it’s a nice project,” Grosjean said.

“I hope with Hypercars, as many constructors as possible will come back and the endurance championship will enter another golden era.”

Grosjean added, “We will get in touch sometime, as this is a project I’m hugely interested in for the future.”

In 2010, Grosjean gained experience in endurance racing driving the Ford GT1 for Matech Competition in the FIA GT Championship.

Across the first half of the season, he claimed two wins at Abu Dhabi and Brno respectively. Moreover, Grosjean also entered that year’s 24 Hours Le Mans, but failed to finish.

Formula E and Staying in Europe

Numerous European-based drivers have competed in Formula E since its inception. © FIA Formula E/Getty Images

Speaking ahead of last month’s Russian Grand Prix, Grosjean stated his intentions to stay in Europe where possible.

While Formula E is up for consideration, a move stateside to join IndyCar is off the cards.

“[I will] most likely stay in Europe.” Grosjean said.

“IndyCar obviously is a beautiful championship but I’m not really tempted by ovals, and they even may scare me, so I don’t really want to do ovals.”

Formula E has seen several ex-F1 drivers contest the championship in its short history. Jean-Eric Vergne, Lucas di Grassi, Sebastien Buemi and Nelson Piquet Jr. have all won the Drivers’ title.

Additionally, Stoffel Vandoorne, Brendon Hartley, Pascal Wehrlein and Felipe Massa all raced in Formula E last season.

 

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