(Motorsport-Total.com) – Five IndyCar teams are currently completing one of the last days of testing in preparation for the 2021 season of the popular US formula racing series. The venue is Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama, USA. The opening race in the IndyCar calendar 2021 will also take place on April 18 on the permanent circuit with its considerable differences in altitude.
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Romain Grosjean shortly before his first outing in the IndyCar racing car
In the test on Tuesday, twelve pilots turned or made their laps. They were the regular drivers of the Penske, Rahal, Carpenter, Coyne and Foyt teams, with the main focus on Romain Grosjean’s debut. The former Formula 1 driver sat for the first time in his new company car, the Coyne Honda with starting number 51.
At the same time, it was Grosjean’s first ever deployment since his fire accident on November 29, 2020 at the Bahrain Formula 1 Grand Prix. In his first IndyCar test, the Frenchman was wearing a special helmet design that was designed by his children. However, the IndyCar debut for Grosjean did not go completely smoothly.
Because a morning take-off with a backward impact into the tire stacks of Turn 1 put an early end to the test day for Grosjean. He was not injured in the accident. But the car was damaged.
“I made a mistake in the morning. I spun and got stuck in the gravel,” reports Grosjean, adding, referring to the route: “There are consequences if you don’t stay within the [Track-]Limits remains. “
And how was Grosjean doing physically on his brief IndyCar test debut? “After the first ride, I had a bit of pain in my upper arm,” says the 34-year-old Frenchman. (Fotos: IndyCar-Test im Barber Motorsports Park)
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After nine full F1 seasons, Grosjean will drive almost all IndyCar races in 2021 Zoom
And with reference to his left hand, which has not yet fully recovered from the burn injuries, Grosjean notes: “On my last drive the car slipped away. I felt pain. But that was to be expected. I know that [die Hand] has not yet been completely restored and is still sensitive. “
For the remaining eleven pilots, the test day is still ongoing. Grosjean was eighth in the ranking at the time of his crash.
Update: After the damaged car has been repaired, Grosjean is back on track for further laps.