Romain Grosjean says critics who said he was committing career 'suicide' by joining the new Haas team have already been proven wrong by his brilliant start to the season.
The Frenchman and his American outfit have been one of the sensations of 2016 after scoring points in the first two races of the campaign.
And with his former Renault outfit having yet to finish in the top 10 after its winter of restructuring, Grosjean has said that he has never doubted that he was doing the right thing in joining Haas.
“Some people said it was a career suicide, but I think they were wrong, so sorry guys,” explained Grosjean.
“I am very glad. I say thanks to [sponsor] Total, to Renault, to all those guys at Enstone who helped me, but I made my choice. I believed in the project and I had seen enough to think that in few years in F1 that it could be good.
“Now we see the truth, and so yes it has probably allowed me to grow up in a different environment, where they are more welcome....
Ford Performance boss Dave Pericak did not mince words when it comes to Kevin Harvick’s status for 2017.
“There is no doubt in my mind,” Pericak said. “He will be in a Ford.”
Despite rumors Chevrolet would like to keep Harvick in their camp, Pericak insists the 2014 champion will drive a Ford next season.
Enlisting the services Stewart-Haas Racing — which will include two champions (Harvick and Kurt Busch) and a former NASCAR/IndyCar champ (Tony Stewart) in the front office — is just the latest bold move made by Pericak, who took over Ford’s racing arm 16 months ago.
With Chevrolet having a stranglehold over half of the Sprint Cup field Pericak acknowledged it was time to even the
odds. That became painfully obvious in last year when only the Team Penske Fords of Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski qualified for the Chase. And even though Logano won the most races throughout the season, due to the randomness of the playoffs, there wasn’t a Ford in the final four at...
IndyCar’s VP of competition and engineering Bill Pappas has said teams need to find setups that work with new superspeedway skids – but also hinted there may be scope for changing the rules following tests.
Although today (Tuesday) is a Chevrolet ‘manufacturer test day’ at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Marco Andretti’s Honda-powered Andretti Autosport car will also be running in order to give the IndyCar competition department a chance to make comparisons with as few variables as possible, with both types of car running domed skids.
Pappas told Motorsport.com: “It’s a Chevrolet manufacturers’ test day, but they have allowed us to run a Honda to do some back to back testing at the same race track on the same day to get some sense of the behavior of both cars with domed skids.
“Then Wednesday is a test for all cars, where we say,
‘Imagine what you could be running in the week up to qualifications for the Indy 500.’ We’d like to see test lists from each manufacturer and...
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