Romain Grosjean wants to compete in Formula One’s final race of the season in Abu Dhabi as he continues to recover from his horror fireball crash.
The Haas driver, 34, will spend a third night in hospital with the burn injuries he sustained when his car burst into flames at the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday.
The Frenchman has already been ruled out of this weekend’s Sakhir Grand Prix but is determined to recover in time for the season-ending Abu Dhabi showdown a week on Sunday.
Grosjean’s contract with Haas expires at the end of the season and he is expected to call time on his 10-year F1 career, with few seats remaining for the 2021 campaign.
Grosjean has previously spoke of his interest in Peugeot’s Hypercar programme for the World Endurance Championship but he’s yet to confirm his whereabouts next year.
The driver, meanwhile, provided a promising update to fans on Tuesday, posting a photo to Instagram performing squats with his hands still heavily bandaged.
He wrote: “Never thought that a few body weight squats would make me happy. Body recovering well from the impact. Hopefully same about the burns on my hands.”
Speaking on Tuesday, Haas boss Gunther Steiner, said: “The aim is Romain really would like to do the race in Abu Dhabi (on December 13).
“I told him try to get better and we will speak on Sunday or Monday and see how he feels and if it is doable.
“We will cross that bridge when we come to it. I’m not in a hurry to decide what to do, or what is needed because it depends on his health.
“He is just trying to get better to be in the car in Abu Dhabi. That is his aim, and that shows that he wants to keep on doing it.”
It had been anticipated that Grosjean would be discharged on Tuesday but Steiner added: “Romain is staying in hospital for another night. There’s nothing to be preoccupied with.
“The doctors just said it’s a safer environment, mostly because of his burns. But everything is going well and he is in good spirits.
“They are very happy, and it is going just as they expected, so there’s no setback. It is maybe just better for him to stay a night longer to make the healing quicker.”