Indy Hero Romain Grosjean Explains His Continued Role in F1 Through Russell & Vettel

Published 05/15/2021, 5:16 PM EDT
KANNAPOLIS, NC – SEPTEMBER 29: Romain Grosjean of France speaks during a press conference as Haas F1 Team announces Grosjean as their driver for the upcoming 2016 Formula 1 season on September 29, 2015 in Kannapolis, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Stewart-Haas Racing via Getty Images)


After taking pole in just his third professional IndyCar start, Romain Grosjean finished in second place at the Indianapolis Grand Prix. But while he’s away in America, displaying his versatile racing skills, he’s still not forgotten about his decade-old F1 family.

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The Frenchman left the sport at the end of the last season after surviving a scary fireball crash in Bahrain. However, it wasn’t just the track where he was leaving a void with his decision to leave F1. It was also the all-important, Grand Prix Driver’s Association, where he served as the director alongside Sebastian Vettel.

And even though George Russell’s replaced him, he still plays an active role in the discussions.

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Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – April 29, 2021 Williams’ George Russell during the press conference Pool via REUTERS/Gabriel Bouys

“I’m still in contact with them, still part of it as a non-member [to discuss] safety issues, a few things. We have a WhatsApp group so I’m still in there, still giving my feedback also from my outside window.

:I can watch it from outside and you see things slightly differently, which is a good asset to have,” Grosjean revealed on F1 Podcast ‘Beyond the Grid.’ (Quotes via Formula 1)

Why Russell & Vettel make the right combination, according to Romain Grosjean

His replacement, George Russell, is in his early 20s. It’s unusual for a driver this young to be serving as a director of the GDPA. However, Grosjean likes this combination, “It’s good to have George managing with Sebastian in the GPDA.”

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)
Giving his full endorsement to the new Russell-Vettel pairing, he said, “I think George was the right guy. We needed a youngster to be on board, to bring in new ideas, a new vision. Between Sebastian and George is, what, 10 or 15 years’ difference, which on track is not much, but in life, it’s a bit.”

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It’s great to see the former Haas driver acing it on and off the track. While he’s smashing on the track in the United States, he is still influencing F1’s future for the good from far away.

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Bharat Aggarwal

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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