Romain Grosjean will miss the final race of the season and his Formula 1 career appears to be all but over.
The Frenchman, 34, has not returned to the grid since his horrifying crash on the first lap of the Bahrain Grand Prix last month.
Grosjean’s Haas car smashed into the barriers at 140 miles per hour and burst into flames, but he miraculously walked away from the incident and was taken to hospital with minor burns on his hands.
Two races remain on the 2020 Formula 1 calendar, with Sunday’s Sakhir Grand Prix followed by next weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Grosjean is leaving Haas at the end of the season and hoped to end his career with an appearance at the Yas Marina Circuit in the UAE.
But he has decided to return home to Switzerland to receive further treatment on his minor injuries and be with his wife and three children.
Grosjean announced he had made “one of the hardest decisions of my life” and posted a video on his Twitter page.
He 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.”
In response to the announcement, Haas team principal 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.”