May 18, 2021

RaceFans Round-up: First IndyCar rolling start “wasn’t pretty”


In the round-up: Romain Grosjean says he needs more practice with rolling starts after slipping from seventh on the grid to 10th at the finish in his first IndyCar race.

In brief

Grosjean satisfied with race after tricky start

Newgarden passed Grosjean at the start, then crashed

Switching from F1 to IndyCar means getting used to two-wide rolling starts. Grosjean admitted his first attempt on Sunday “wasn’t pretty”.

“I got caught a little bit,” admitted the Coyne/Rick Ware driver. “I just need to get used to it. It’s not easy, you need to get the right timing, but it was fun.”

Grosjean started seventh ahead of Josef Newgarden. The Penske driver immediately passed him at the start, then ran wide at turn four. While Grosjean dodged the spinning Newgarden, several other drivers collected him, triggering a huge crash (video below).

Following the restart Grosjean briefly ran as high as third, after other drivers in front of him pitted. He slipped to 10th place at the chequered flag – better than all bar one of his F1 finishes at Haas last year.

“First race in IndyCar, first top 10 so we can be very happy with that,” he summarised. “We fought at the front for some time and we did our best so a lot that we learned today.

“We can be very proud of our weekend. P7 in quali, P10 in the race. We’ve learned a lot and I guess we move on to St Pete and we try to do better.”

Advert | Become a RaceFans supporter and go ad-free

Advert | Become a RaceFans supporter and go ad-free


Get the best of our motorsport coverage after every F1 race in your inbox – sign up for the free RaceFans email Newsletter:


Source link