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Toto Wolff

Wolff makes promise to Grosjean as wait for F1 test goes on

Romain Grosjean's test in a Mercedes Formula 1 car will be going ahead as soon as the two parties can settle on a date, Toto Wolff has made clear.

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Toto Wolff has stressed that Mercedes are "committed" to making Romain Grosjean's test in one of the team's Formula 1 cars a reality sooner rather than later.

Mercedes offered Grosjean a farewell F1 test run after the Frenchman's career in the sport was cut short by a dramatic crash at the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix.

The outing was initially planned to coincide with the 2021 French GP weekend, but COVID-19 travel restrictions ended that attempt, with another suitable opportunity yet to arise for the two sides.

While Mercedes focus on working through their early-season issues in F1, Grosjean is tackling IndyCar full-time for the Andretti Autosport operation, with plenty of clashes between the two calendars.

Mercedes and Wolff make F1 test promise to Grosjean

Despite the obvious challenges of finalising a new F1 test date, Mercedes boss Wolff says there is no less desire on his or the team's side and promised Grosjean that the details will be worked out.

"The test is gonna happen, for sure," Wolff told media, including RacingNews365.com.

"We're committed to it. We haven't got a date yet - what he can do and what we can do - but that's gonna happen.

"When I give my word, I give my word."

Grosjean's seat fit and special helmet

Grosjean has already completed a seat fitting at the Mercedes factory in Brackley and shown off a special helmet for the test.

Speaking in a recent IndyCar press conference, he gave some more background on the planned test.

"I sent a message to Toto after Abu Dhabi. Well, I left a couple of weeks [go by] and then I sent a message to Toto, and he did reply," said Grosjean.

"He started, 'Thank you', and then the last sentence was, 'We need to get you in that car this year'."

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