WATCH: Romain Grosjean Has an Incredibly Emotional Moment With His Family After Indianapolis Podium

Published 08/15/2021, 3:01 AM EDT
Aug 14, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indy Series driver Romain Grosjean (51) during the Big Machine Spiked Coolers Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports


Romain Grosjean failed to bring his car home in points last weekend at the Music City Grand Prix despite starting from upfront and leading the pack for 4 laps. The former Haas driver had caught himself amidst utter chaos, as his ex-F1 colleague, Marcus Ericsson won the race out of nowhere.

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However, the Frenchman got his redemption over the very next race at the Spiked Coolers Grand Prix. Similar to last weekend, Grosjean constantly had his eyes on the top step after qualifying in P3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In the end, he raced home in P2 to secure his first Indy podium since the Grand Prix of Indianapolis.

Romain Grosjean kisses his family after the podium

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One of the greatest feats for a racing driver is to secure a win at the historic racing circuit of Indianapolis. Although qualifying may have fallen short of the achievement, P2 is certainly impressive enough, considering the French lad is still a rookie.

Hence, to celebrate Grosjean’s triumph, his family arrived on the track while the former was busy getting his helmet off. He then went on to kiss all of his three kids before kissing his wife as well.

The smile on Grosjean’s face said it all. The Dale Coyne racing driver is evidently enjoying his career in Indy following a disappointing end to F1.

Grosjean shines at the Spiked Coolers Grand Prix

The Frenchman showed tremendous pace throughout the weekend at Indianapolis. He was part of the second group in the qualifying session and posted a rather impressive lap time to secure P4, which consequently promoted him into the Firestone Fast 12.

In the 12-driver shoot-out for the pole, Grosjean fell short of Pato O’Ward’s lap time by 0.027s. Will Power split the two, pushing Grosjean down to P3, his eventual grid position.

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During the race, O’Ward, who is in an intense title fight with Alex Palou, fell down the order after leading for 16 laps, promoting both Power and Grosjean into P1 and P2. And the Frenchman, with his Honda-powered car, tried his best to beat the Australian but in vain.

Hence, Grosjean settled for P2 in the end, just over a second behind Power, which consequently promoted him up into P15 in the championship table as well.

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Overall, with 206 points in the bag and four more races in the offing, can the rookie somehow creep his way into the top 10, signing off a stellar debut season in Indy?

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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