Romain Grosjean Reacts After the Powerful Image of His Hand in IndyCar is Named Photo of the Year

Published 01/01/2022, 5:15 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Sakhir Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – December 3, 2020 Haas’ Romain Grosjean arrives to thank marshals ahead of the Sakhir Grand Prix REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


We all know just how dangerous racing in Formula 1 is. A microsecond here and there can cost a driver his life. Regardless, drivers are already aware of this danger; this danger they have a staring contest with every time they go racing. And there are some drivers, who, despite losing that contest, come back and come back stronger. Romain Grosjean is one of those drivers.

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After his horrific crash and miraculous recovery at the Bahrain GP last year, Grosjean continued not only to race at the highest level but also kept his performance levels high.

The former F1 driver secured a podium in only his fifth IndyCar race at Indianapolis. And an iconic photograph of him holding his trophy is a testament to not just his character, but the character of a race car driver.

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Romain Grosjean has what he needs to lift more trophies in 2022

An impressive rookie season in IndyCar saw the Frenchman sign on for Andretti Motorsport for 2022. Grosjean featured thrice on the podium and finished thrice inside the Top 10 in his 13 appearances in 2021.

The former Haas driver expressed his delight at embarking on this new chapter of his career. He said, “I’m delighted to be joining Andretti Autosport and driving the No. 28 DHL Honda for next season.”

“It’s a big honor to be joining such a great team as Andretti, anyone in the motorsport world knows the name Andretti. I’m super happy and proud to be racing with the team.”

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Grosjean’s deal with Andretti Motorsports also means that he’ll get the taste of the famous Indianapolis 500.

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

The image of Grosjean’s hand is an unfortunate but powerful symbol of what it means to be a race car driver – to keep fighting for excellence in the face of looming danger.

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A Phoenix is what he is dubbed as now, and rightly so.

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Shaharyar

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Shaharyar is a Formula 1 & NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for better part of the decade. A Max Verstappen and Ferrari supporter, he dreams of a pairing of the two in future.

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