Former Haas F1 Team driver Romain Grosjean has confirmed he has held talks with IndyCar teams about moving to the series for 2021 however a fear of oval events have put the brakes on such a move for the moment.
The Frenchman who suffered serious burns to his hands during the Bahrain Grand Prix last season lost his drive with the Haas F1 Team and has been heavily linked to Dale Coyne Racing who have two seats available for this upcoming season following Alex Palou’s move to Chip Ganassi Racing while Santino Ferrucci has moved to a part-time programme in the NASCAR Xfinitiy Series.
Speaking to Quest France, Grosjean who had been reported linked to AJ Foyt Racing which turned out not to be the case confirmed:
It’s a nice championship, with good drivers. Is it a championship I am watching closely? Yes.
There are three oval races on the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series schedule including a double header in Texas and the 105th running of he Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on May 30.
It is unclear whether or not Dale Coyne would be in a position to hire a second driver for Grosjean’s car if the Frenchman decided not compete in oval races. Traditionally, DCR have run a third car at the Indianapolis 500 but Coyne has yet to confirm either of their drivers for this season and were not involved in last week’s two day pre-season test at Sebring International Raceway.
The opening race of the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series season is set to get underway with the Honda Indy Grand Prix at Barber Motorsports Park on April 18 before moving to Florida for the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg on April 25.
Grosjean has also confirmed that he is interested in returning to the 24 Hours of LeMans which he competed in back in 2010.