Starting from pole position, Romain Grosjean had to settle for 2nd place in this Indianapolis GP. After his first IndyCar driver, the Frenchman seemed torn between joy and disappointment at the end of the race.
Despite everything, Romain Grosjean will remember this Indianapolis Grand Prix. After taking pole position on Friday, the Frenchman finished on the podium on Saturday, finishing behind Dutchman Rinus VeeKay. ” We’re bound to be a bit… I wouldn’t say disappointed, but we finished 2nd when we had victory within reach. We were unlucky with the traffic. Rinus VeeKay made an offbeat strategy, he played his shot well. But it’s a great story and a great way to start the month of May. (…) VeeKay had been super fast from the first practice session and in cooler conditions. It started with the black tires and when I caught up with the slower cars it stopped a bit earlier and got some clean air afterwards. For our part, we were slower on the black tires and during the last stint, I lost time behind Sébastien Bourdais », Confided in particular the driver of the Dale Coyne Racing team.
So cool to lead the pack and fight for the win. Forgot how much I loved that. Thank you @IndyCar & @DaleCoyneRacing for reminding me. Now I want more ?. Blue flags cost us a win but our day will come ?.# r8g #us2021 #ThePhoenix @IMS @RickWareRacing pic.twitter.com/8iB1FNWIMK
– Romain Grosjean (@RGrosjean) May 16, 2021
Grosjean seeks to “go faster in IndyCar”
« It’s a car that I love to drive, which looks like the one from GP2 that I drove in 2011 and that I was competitive with. I also have a good group of people around me, starting with the engineers. Ed Jones, my teammate, helps me a lot. Honda and Firestone also allowed me to level up by telling me what to do and what not to do. As a rookie, I had a few more days of testing, which is always good, Grosjean later explained in an interview with L’Equipe. And then in ten years of Formula 1, I had to adapt to very different cars, some very competitive and others awful, I wouldn’t give a name, and you learn how to adapt. But I think I still have a few things to understand to go faster in IndyCar. (…) I don’t think I have to prove what I can do to anyone. (…) There is also the support from the fans that I was able to receive via social networks or from the public today. It’s incredible to experience. “