Grosjean saves the furniture at Indy, despite contacts with Ferrucci

Twelfth last weekend, like in Barber, Romain Grosjean nevertheless had a radically different weekend in Indianapolis, even if one common point returned: Santino Ferrucci!

Published on 15/05/2024 à 17:34

Michael Duforest

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Grosjean saves the furniture at Indy, despite contacts with Ferrucci

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The Frenchman from Juncos Hollinger Racing had to start this time from 23rd place on the grid, after difficult qualifying. Beaten by his Argentinian teammate Agustin Canapino in free practice and qualifying, Grosjean immediately began to move up the peloton, in a race where fuel economy was not, a rare occurrence in IndyCar, a particular subject.

“The race was quite eventful. We had a good start, and then there was a problem at the first corner. I went into the grass to avoid him. I found myself a little further away and then I was starting to come back until I was pushed out by another rider, and I lost quite a bit at that point. »

If Romain Grosjean does not name the other driver, it may be due to his identity! Indeed, it was with the American Santino Ferrucci (Foyt) that Grosjean had trouble. The driver of the No. 14 simply pushed Grosjean out when arriving at the last chicane of the circuit. The dispute between the two men actually dates back to Barber Motorsports Park, where they clashed slightly during warm-up. Again in Indianapolis, Ferrucci attacked Grosjean in a more than straightforward manner, going into contact.

Conservative strategy and good result at the finish

The two drivers then followed each other for several laps, determined to gain the upper hand, at least mentally, over their opponent. If Ferrucci was forced to retire in the race, Grosjean was able to continue his comeback, until crossing the checkered flag in twelfth position. A result obtained in particular thanks to a penultimate stint spent mainly at the front and without turbulence from other single-seaters, an area in which the car Juncos Hollinger Racing seemed to excel this Saturday.

“I feel like we had good pace, but not that good behind other cars. I think the pit stops were very good, even if the strategy was quite conservative. Some people were lucky with the last neutralization, we didn't tempt the devil. Finishing 12th from 23rd and after a bad weekend, it's a good race for us. »

We are now heading towards the most important race of the year, the 108th edition of the Indianapolis 500. Romain Grosjean will make his third start in the Indiana classic, determined to finish the event, after two retirements in 2022 and 2023, each time in the second turn.

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