Romain Grosjean Tried To Quit Racing And Become A Chef
As F1 driver side hobbies go, Grosjean’s is fairly wholesome: he loves cooking, So much so, in fact, that he and his wife Marion have actually released a cookbook together.
So far there’s just the one cookbook but if things had gone a little differently in his life, we might have had a few more by now.
Grosjean made his F1 debut with Renault in 2009 when he replaced Nelson Piquet Jr. It was a difficult few races but he was still hoping to stay with the team into 2010. When he found out the team had signed Vitaly Petrov instead, he made the decision there and then to switch careers. Writing for The Players Tribune, he said:
This wasn’t just one of those things where you say you’re going to do something in the heat of the moment and then reassess once things have calmed down. Oh no. Grosjean actually took steps to make his new career choice happen, as he explained:
It worked. In 2010 he won races in the GT1 World Championship and also won the Auto GP title, despite missing the first four races of the season. In 2011 he won the GP2 title and got that rarest of things – a seat with Lotus and a second chance at being an F1 driver.
The seven seasons since haven’t always been plain sailing but on his day, you get the sense that he could easily win races given anything like the right equipment. He seems settled at Haas and at 32-years-old, there’s still plenty of time for both to flourish. And when his F1 career does come to an end, maybe he can revisit the whole restaurant thing. He’ll have some great names for some of his dishes too – we’ll take the ‘Ericsson Hit Meatloaf’ followed by a ‘First Lap Nut Roast’, please!
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December 7, 2018 at 02:09PM