• Romain Grosjean is on the mend after his horrific crash at the 2020 Bahrain GP.
• His F1 career will come to an end at the end of this season.
• We take a look at his journey to Formula One.
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Grosjean's competitive single-seater career started considerably later than that of his contemporaries. After winning a talent scholarship, he entered the Formula Lista championship in 2003, aged 17, where he became champion. This opened doors to Formula Renault 1.6 and 2.0 for the next three years. But by then his father's money had run out, and F3 as the next rung on the ladder was a stretch too far.
He then approached Red Bull for support but was told they already had a Swiss driver in (subsequent Toro Rosso F1 cadet then later reject) Sébastien Buemi. Grosjean also holds French citizenship and as an alternative, suggested his promotion by the energy drink giant in that country on that basis. But sales of Red Bull were still banned in France at the time, which meant another no.