Ferrari F1 Seat Desire Hindered Friendship With Vettel: Romain Grosjean

Published 02/20/2021, 5:40 AM EST
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL – Romain Grosjean of France and Haas F1 prepares to drive in the garage during practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Brazil at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)


A move away from F1 may have caused him conflicting emotions, but Romain Grosjean does believe that he will gain friends for life. In a sport as competitive as F1, Grosjean believes it is very difficult to have friends whilst you are racing.

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Although the likes of the Twitch quartet may prove him wrong, Grosjean believes that kind of friendship is very limited. The reason being that once they take to the track, it’s all business. Nobody is going to help the other. Everyone is focused on themselves.

MONTMELO, SPAIN: Romain Grosjean of France and Haas F1 looks on after stopping on track during day three of F1 Winter Testing at Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

However, once your career ends, you can actually be really good friends, claims Romain.

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The 181 F1 race veteran said, “Once you stop and you’re out of the circus, then you become friends with the guys. 

“You share the same passion, you’ve shared the same travel, you share the same moment. So obviously you’re going to be friends. But when you compete with someone and you want his seat” that’s when a boundary over one’s friendship arises.

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The ex-Haas man said, “I’m getting on very well with Sebastian Vettel. I have got huge respect for him and I know we are going to be friends. 

SOCHI, RUSSIA – Third place qualifier Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari celebrates in parc ferme during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)

“But when he was at Ferrari, what do you want to do? Get his seat. It’s hard to be a friend. If it’s a friend and Ferrari calls you, your going to call your friend and say, ‘be careful, they called me so they want you out.’ But it doesn’t work that way.

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“It’s a huge respect when you are into it (F1). And whenever it’s over, you can be really good friends.”

Grosjean’s newfound friends would be wishing him luck as he starts a new journey in motorsport. Romain would want to have a lot more success in IndyCar than he had in F1.

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It’ll be great to see Grosjean return to the grid after that crash. We wish him all the best in the American single-seater series. Who knows, maybe in the future we may see him in F1 again, performing a super sub role like Nico Hulkenberg. But until then, racing on American circuits will be his routine.

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Ronan Carvalho

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Ronan Carvalho is senior F1 author for Essentiallysports. Ronan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from St. Xavier's College.

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