ROMAIN GROSJEAN has been slammed by a fellow IndyCar driver and allegedly deliberately colliding with an opponent’s automobile on the monitor.
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Romain Grosjean has been branded a ‘punk’ by a fellow IndyCar driver, who stated the ex-F1 racer has ‘overstayed his welcome’ within the sport. The 36-year-old has been a part of the American racing circuit since 2021 when he joined Dale Coyne Racing.
After a powerful rookie yr, he joined Andretti Autosport for the 2022 season, and picked up his first podium with the staff at Lengthy Seashore. He nearly took the win from Josef Newgarden earlier than an accident brought on by Takuma Sato brought on the race to complete underneath warning.
However throughout a latest race at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama, Grosjean was slammed by Letterman Lanigan racer Graham Rahal. In the course of the closing phases of the race, Grosjean slammed into the facet of Rahal’s No. 15 Honda not as soon as, however twice as they fought for place on the monitor.
A livid Rahal fumed to his staff on the radio: “This man’s a punk! He hit me on goal.” IndyCar commentator Townsend Bell shouted: “Woah! Grosjean hits him twice!” and fellow pundit James Hinchcliffe stated: “He aimed for him the second time.”
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Romain Grosjean has been instructed he ‘overstayed his welcome’ in IndyCar and was referred to as a ‘punk’ (Picture: GETTY)
Grosjean stated on the radio that that Rahal bumped into him however Bell and Hinchcliffe shortly dismissed that, addding: “No, that was one hundred pc on the 28 (Grosjean) there.” Put up-race, Rahal didn’t maintain again on his evaluation of the previous F1 star. “I knew Romain was going to dive-bomb me,” he fumed. “I’d already been warned that’s what he’s doing.
“I’m simply annoyed as a result of this isn’t the primary time. In St. Petersburg he hit all people he may hit. We come right here and he hit Rossi, hit Herta, hit me. This man has overstayed his welcome.”
Grosjean’s teammate Colton Heta was additionally left annoyed as he discovered his No 26 Honda being pushed in the direction of the pit wall on the left by Grosjean’s No 28 as he tried to overhaul. “It was a tough battle,” Herta instructed RACER. “I didn’t actually like that he moved as soon as I used to be alongside him, particularly for teammates. When you get to the within, you open up the road.”
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The 36-year-old (automobile on far proper) has been racing in IndyCar since 2021 (Picture: GETTY)
The previous Haas racer defended his actions in the course of the race. “Yeah, we touched a few instances nevertheless it was good racing,” he stated. “It was powerful on the market; simply, , Barber is an excellent monitor however it is vitally laborious to go.
“If the automobile in entrance of you doesn’t have anybody in entrance then you may strive a special line, however they have been all in line, so it was fairly tough.” After witnessing the replay, he added: “So, right here we contact a bit, after which right here we contact once more so it’s good racing. I assume it’s IndyCar — wheel-to-wheel motion!”