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Steiner “very happy” to see Grosjean perform well in IndyCar

Romain Grosjean, Haas F1 Team, Saturday at the Russian Grand Prix 2020. Credit: Haas Media

Romain Grosjean has been racing in IndyCar since leaving F1. He has already settled in well there. His former team boss Günther Steiner is also pleased.

The French has been driving for Haas since they entered F1. But after a whole five years, that was the end of it, because he had to make room for a pure rookie team.

Now he drives for the team “Dalon Coyne Racing”. He is now one of the stars in this racing series and has so far taken one pole position and two second places. As a result, he is now 23 points behind Scott McLaughlin in the “Rookie of the Year” standings. And that is despite the fact that he has contested three races less than the competition. This is due to the fact that he did without the oval races at the beginning of the year.

Günther Steiner, team principal of the Haas F1 team, maintained a good relationship with Grosjean during their time together in the premier class. They would not maintain regular contact, but a few months ago they had spoken, and Steiner was happy that his ex-driver is performing so well.

“I’m very happy for him. Last year was very tough for him. I’m not going back to the incident [in Bahrain]. It’s our car last year, you know, where we were. So, it was a tough year for him.

“It’s good that he can come back and do what he’s doing. Because he is clearly surprising people because he’s not in one of the big three teams, which makes it already difficult, but he’s always showing that he’s there when there is something good to be taken.

“For sure, I know the guy now well enough, he will be very motivated by that. Because he lives on his results. That is what he does. So, I’m very happy for him.”

Grosjean’s former teammate Kevin Magnussen moved to the U.S. to join Chip Ganassi Racing in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. So far, he has celebrated one victory in Detroit and two further podium finishes. He also drove once in IndyCar for Arrow McLaren SP at Road America.

“Kevin won a race, and that is what Kevin wanted to do, finally win a race again, and he did,” Steiner said.

“Over the years, we learned to respect each other. So, you’re always happy when your friends are successful.

“I am always very happy if they are successful. So that’s very good.”

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