Romain Grosjean has had his first taste of a Mercedes F1 car, trying out the W12 at Spa-Francorchamps at home on his iRacing simulator setup.
Grosjean spent two hours streaming his driving and racing on Tuesday night, wrapping up his session with 20 minutes at the wheel.
"I f**king love it!" he beamed on just his second lap. "I think when I'm done driving, I'm going to call Toto [Wolff, Mercedes team boss]!"
During the session, Grosjean clearly had a lot of fun trying to get to grips with the car, including a dramatic crash at the Paul Frere corner, before performing some donuts at the La Source hairpin: "I am American, after all!"
Grosjean's Mercedes test still up in the air
Grosjean was due to test drive the Mercedes F1 car around the time of last year's French Grand Prix at Paul Ricard, after the team promised him a chance to say goodbye to the sport.
This was after Grosjean's F1 career came to a premature end when he suffered burn injuries in a terrifying crash in Bahrain two races before the end of the 2020 season.
Without an F1 seat for 2021, Grosjean has since switched to IndyCar, where he has flourished – securing a seat with Andretti for a full-time assault on the 2022 campaign.
Grosjean revealed last week that he's still in discussions with Mercedes about a potential test drive.
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