Mercedes offers to give Grosjean farewell F1 test

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Mercedes has offered to give Romain Grosjean a private F1 test early next year if the Frenchman is unable to conclude his career in the sport next week in Abu Dhabi.

Grosjean, who miraculously survived a terrifying crash last weekend in Bahrain, is uncertain to race in F1's season finale at Yas Marina, with swelling and minor burns on his left hand possibly leaving him unable to manhandle an F1 car.

But Grosjean has stated that he doesn't want his final lap in an F1 car to have been the dramatic one he endured at the start of the Bahrain GP and which ended in agony.

"The story would be beautiful to go to Abu Dhabi," he said. "If I don't, I'll call every single F1 team and see if anyone would offer me a private test in January or so, to jump back in the car, and have 10-15 laps to myself."

Informed of the Frenchman's plan, Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff said that if no other team can make it happen than he would be willing to try and arrange a proper send off for Grosjean.

"If we are allowed to do this, and nobody else within his universe of teams that he raced with would provide him with such an opportunity, we would do this," said Wolff.

Haas is unlikely to cater to its driver's wish given its tight budget, but Renault, with whom Grosjean started his career in F1 in 2009, could possibly roll out a two-year-old car for its former driver to enjoy.

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