Grosjean’s fear of ovals rules out IndyCar

Date published: August 31 2019 - Jamie Woodhouse

Romain Grosjean was retained by Haas because he knows the team, and they know the 2019 struggles aren't his fault.

Haas’ Romain Grosjean has ruled out a switch to IndyCar with his Formula 1 future in doubt due to his fear of racing on ovals.

Kevin Magnussen looks set to stay for 2020, but Haas have reportedly narrowed their shortlist for the second seat down to Grosjean, Esteban Ocon and Nico Hulkenberg.

With Ocon taking Hulkenberg’s place at Renault, Grosjean is seemingly in a straight fight with Hulkenberg for that 2020 Haas seat and will have to improve on an error-ravaged first half to this season if he is to convince the American outfit to continue with him.

Whichever driver misses out on the drive is likely to move on from Formula 1, and if it’s Grosjean, then IndyCar will not be among his possible future projects because of his fear of ovals, though Formula E interests him.

As quoted by Motorsport Week, the Frenchman said: “Formula E could be one, yes. It’s a nice championship, and obviously very, very different from Formula 1, but quite competitive and with some good constructors coming in which is always exciting, and maybe one or two others.

“Not IndyCar. I’m too scared of ovals.”

Ex-Formula 1 driver Max Chilton competes in IndyCar with Carlin but not in oval events due to safety fears, though Grosjean said he wouldn’t be interested in following a similar path because then it would be just like Formula 1 where he can’t compete for titles.

“Yeah, but then you cannot be champion,” he explained.

“That’s already been happening a lot in Formula 1 because you don’t have the right car, so if you go somewhere else, it’s to try to be champion.”

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