Five months after his terrible accident in Bahrain and the end of his Formula 1 career, Romain Grosjean started his new career in Indy Car this Sunday at the Alabama Grand Prix. The French driver finished 10th.
After celebrating his 35th anniversary the day before, Romain Grosjean made a good copy on the Barber circuit by finishing 10th. With his team Dale Coyne Racing, the Frenchman started seventh in the starting peloton. However, the beginnings of Romain Grosjean almost turned into a nightmare. From the first lap, the American driver, Josef Newgarden spun off and caused an accident, which damaged four cars. Romain Grosjean was just behind Newgarden at the time of the accident, but managed to avoid him. A taste of the bitter struggle imposed by the Indy Car.
Subsequently, two pit runs, made the former driver of Haas lose some ground, demoted to the middle of the pack, a delay that he managed to make up by keeping pace between Rossi and Harvey, to finally finish tenth at the end of the 90 laps. The Frenchman was therefore careful this Sunday. The Indy car training will continue from next weekend in Saint-Petersburg, Florida for Romain Grosjean. The latter has also expressed his joy on a Twitter account.
Apart from Grosjean, two other Frenchmen were entered on the Barber circuit. Sébastien Bourdais and Simon Pagenaud, the 2016 champion, finished fifth and twelfth respectively.
Victory for Alex Palou
The race was won by the Spaniard Alex Palou, a first in this discipline for the driver of the Chip Gannassi Racing team. His teammate, New Zealander Scott Dixon finishes 3rdth. The Australian, Will Power finished in second place. Party in pole the Mexican Patricio O’Ward finishes at the foot of the podium.