Haas team principal Guenther Steiner is happy to see former driver Romain Grosjean performing well in IndyCar, after moving away from Formula 1.
The Frenchman ended his career after his horrific crash in Bahrain last season, but has since made the move to America and become a popular figure within IndyCar, and has shown flashes of his class in a talented field.
He has appeared on the podium twice so far this season, and took pole position at Indianapolis before going on to finish P2 on the day.
Having originally been pencilled in to only compete on the road circuits, he has since broadened his involvement to take part in oval races, making his debut in the format last weekend.
The Frenchman has adjusted well to racing in IndyCar, to the point where he has now been linked to a drive with one of Indy’s biggest teams, Andretti Autosport.
With that, his former team principal is thrilled to see him performing to a high level on a regular basis.
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“I’m very happy for him,” Steiner said to Motorsport.com.
“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.”
Likewise, Kevin Magnussen, who also made way for a rookie at Haas at the end of last season, has headed Stateside and excelled since leaving Formula 1.
He has been driving in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship – winning a race in Detroit – and completed a one-off appearance for Arrow McLaren SP. Alongside that, he was team-mate to dad Jan, who raced for McLaren in the 1990s, as he made his debut at Le Mans last weekend.
“Kevin won a race, and that is what Kevin wanted to do, finally win a race again, and he did,” Steiner said of the Dane.
“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.”