“Obviously they decided otherwise” – Romain Grosjean is at peace with Gene Haas’ decision to not sponsor his IndyCar campaign.
Haas released Romain Grosjean from their F1 team after last season, along with Kevin Magnussen. Despite the horror crash in Bahrain, Grosjean is committed to racing, this time in IndyCar. His former boss Gene Haas was set to sponsor his campaign but pulled out due to very understandable reasons.
“He had asked if we would be willing to sponsor him in IndyCar and I think at the beginning I was pretty open to it. But then when he crashed in Bahrain, I was just so happy he didn’t kill himself. For someone who had just absolutely destroyed the car, I couldn’t be happier that he survived it.
“I don’t know…he has a wife and three kids and I just told him I couldn’t see giving him money to go out and kill himself. I just felt like he needs to stay home and take care of his family. He loves driving, and that’s his choice. I just don’t want to be part of the bad choice. I feel as lucky as he is to escape being killed.”
Former Haas F1 driver Romain Grosjean making the transition to IndyCar after more than a decade in Formula 1 https://t.co/Oz2sNe6GcB
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Romain Grosjean understands Haas decision
Grosjean, on his part, completely understands the reasons for the aforementioned. Speaking to The Race, the Frenchman expressed his desire to bring the American team to IndyCar, but it was not to be, eventually.
“We definitely had discussions before and after the crash with Haas to sponsor the project. It felt like it could be a great story, racing for Haas in Formula 1 since the beginning, then carrying on and bringing the color to IndyCar.
“Obviously they decided otherwise. I guess they had their reason and their choice. Fully understandable.”