Four months after the terrifying crash at the Bahrain Grand Prix, Romain Grosjean has definitely turned the page on Formula 1 even if he will offer himself a final lap of honor while resolutely heading for the USA.
The Franco-Swiss driver knew his F1 career would end at the end of 2020, but he obviously ignored the impact of the dramatic crash on the Sakhir circuit at the end of November.
He had already established the necessary contacts to continue his career in IndyCar, the benchmark single-seater discipline in the United States, this year.
We will nevertheless see Grosjean in the cockpit of an F1 in 2021 since he has just had a seat molded: it will undoubtedly be at the wheel of a Mercedes and probably on the sidelines of the French Grand Prix at the end of June.
Despite the trauma of the accident for him and for his loved ones, he bravely accepted the American challenge by however skipping the speedways, these high-speed oval tracks, his team Dale Coyne Racing then appealing to the one who was already his interim in F1, Pietro Fittipaldi.
“I think I can have a real second career in the United States, says Romain. I like the mentality here and if I enjoy doing good races, I have a good chance of extending the adventure. “
“This season, it’s a bit complicated because my family stays in Europe, which involves a lot of traveling, sometimes without seeing mine for a month, he observes. But eventually, if all goes well, I will be happy that we move to the USA in order to enjoy a few good years. “
“At 35, I’m a rookie here, and when I see defending champion Scott Dixon who is 40, just like Will Power, or my friend Sébastien Bourdais who still walks so well at 42, I still feel young ! ” he jokes.
The IndyCar championship begins in ten days at Barber, on a road circuit in Alabama: this will be Grosjean’s big debut after several preparatory practice sessions at Barber, Laguna Seca and Sebring.
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