On Wednesday, February 3, 2021, Grosjean confirmed his seat as a driver of the #51 Dale Coyne Racing with RWR-Honda for street course races. Subsequently, the team’s primary sponsor is still unknown.
Post the fiery crash in Bahrain with serious burns to his hands and convincing his children that racing is the right thing for Grosjean to do, there is no doubt he will race again after escaping.
” I explained to them I was the dad that I was because I had racing and that was a big, big part of my life and it made me happy.” –Grosjean in an interview.
The 34-year-old Frenchman has ruled out competing on the super-speedways, at Texas Motor Speedway and Indianapolis Motor Speedway, who has 180 Formula 1 starts to his name, will now race in all 13 street races on the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series schedule.
The yore of Romain Grosjean
Over the Formula 1 season with Lotus, he scored 10 podium finishes. However, the last five seasons of his career at the Haas F1 Team, which faced an ever-increasing struggle to rise. What revived his pure enthusiasm for the sport was the chance to return to a spec formula of racing such as those in which he won multiple championships before he reached F1.
Post escaping a near-death situation, suffering from severe burns to his hands and feet, last November’s Bahrain Grand Prix was Grosjean’s final Formula 1 race. “My left hand is still healing, but we are just about ready to get back into the racecar and start this next chapter of my career”. -Grosjean in an interview.
Romain Grosjean’s mindset for the future
“I’m very excited for this opportunity to race in the United States in the NTT IndyCar Series,” he said. “I had different options in front of me for this coming season and choosing to go IndyCar racing was definitively my favorite one… although, I’m not ready yet to take on the ovals!”.
“IndyCar has a much more level playing field than what I have been used to in my career so far. It will be exciting to challenge for podiums and wins again.” He added.
Though the series’ totally alien to him, that’s the exact attitude you always want from a driver, and it is really important when he’s trying to learn everything.