The Haas F1 Team’s Romain Grosjean has confirmed that he will not compete in next weekend’s 2020 Formula One season ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The Frenchman who will miss today’s Sakhir Grand Prix following injuries he suffered in a horrendous crash last weekend in Bahrain will return to Switzerland to continue his recovery.

In a statement released on Sunday Grosjean said:

“It is with great sadness that I will not be able to do my final race in Abu Dhabi and be with the team there. “We’ve tried as much as we could with the doctor to recover and to repair my hand, but the risk of racing is too big for my recovery and my health. So, the decision was made that I’m not going to race. It’s one of the hardest decisions of my life, but it’s obviously one of the wisest. I will miss the team,but I will be supporting them as ever.”

Haas F1 Team Principal Günther Steiner said:

“I’m naturally very sorry that Romain will miss what was going to be his final race with Haas F1 Team. “But we are all in agreement that he has to take the best course of action regarding his treatment and recovery from last Sunday’s incident. Romain has shown exceptional bravery and amazing spirit over the last few days – we know how badly he wanted to be able to return to the cockpit of the VF-20 in Abu Dhabi. And we all would have loved him to have been there too.” Romain believed in our Formula 1 project at the very start, he committed to drive for us before we’d even built a car. There is no doubting the determination and sheer effort he has put into helping us to achieve what we have as a young team in Formula 1. We will forever be grateful for that belief and commitment. It is those qualities, his drive and ambition, that I’m sure will aid him on his recovery. On behalf of Gene Haas and myself, together with the whole Haas F1 Team operation, we wish Romain welland a return to full health.”

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