Grosjean has ‘full trust’ despite Aus pit stop woes

Michelle Foster
Romain Grosjean

Romain Grosjean has admitted to a change of heart about a switch to IndyCar, saying he is now “quite tempted by it”.

Twice robbed of Australian GP points through pit stop problems, Romain Grosjean has urged his Haas mechanics to let it go and “go racing”.

Haas suffered a double DNF at the 2018 Australian Grand Prix while running fourth and fifth.

Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen were released from the pits with loose wheels within two laps of each other and were forced to park the cars.

A year later and Grosjean was again robbed of a points-scoring results when, running P6, an issue with the front left wheel cost him 10 seconds.

The Frenchman, though, has urged his mechanics not to focus on that as he is worried it could lead to more issues if it plays on the mind.

“I’ve got full trust in the team. They want a good results as much as I want, and we do our best,” he told Autosport.

“It will be in everyone’s mind. We need to go racing, we need to do the best we can. If you just focus on that, it’s going to happen.

“If you just focus on what you can do, what you know to do, then things should be OK.”

Haas has only managed to score twice in four Australian GP outfits. Grosjean was P6 in 2016 while last year Magnussen matched that achievement.

Asked if Haas had an Aussie GP jinx, Grosjean replied: “Personally, I’ve always had good qualifying.

“I think out of all the races I’ve competed here, I’ve been very often in the sixth spot, but I didn’t finish very often. It’s a bit of a long flight home.

“If I could enjoy a few drinks on Sunday night to celebrate a good result, I’ll take that happily.”

As for team boss Guenther Steiner, the Austrian is hoping this year the jinx is obliterated.

“We always got very well prepared here, and mistakes happened,” he said.

“Two years ago when we missed both, it was something really unlucky, and last year the pressure just got to them in my opinion.

“Hopefully we are over it, because in ’18, after the mistakes here, we didn’t have any mistakes anymore until we got back in ’19, and had one.

“Last year [was] the same thing, we didn’t have a problem any more.

“It seems to be jinxed here, but hopefully we can get over that one this year.”

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