Romain Grosjean conceded it’s partly his fault he by no means had the prospect to drive a championship-winning automotive throughout his System 1 profession.
The previous Haas driver, who will make his debut in IndyCar this weekend, raced in System 1 from 2009 till final season. He spent two years away after making his debut with Renault, returned with Lotus, then joined Haas in 2016.
Reflecting on his profession in a latest interview Grosjean stated he was “completely happy” along with his spell in F1, which yielded 10 podium finishes, the final of which got here six years in the past. “You possibly can’t keep 10 years in System 1 and never be completely happy about it,” he stated.
“Did I remorse that I by no means had the automotive to win races and championships? Sure. However was it in my hand? In all probability a bit. Additionally most likely not.”
His best spell in F1 got here in 2013, his second full 12 months within the sport. However his Lotus workforce suffered a dire 2014, which he described as “one remorse” of his profession.
“Coming [after] such a robust finish of 2013, the workforce was in a troublesome scenario financially, change of rules within the engine, it was going to be an issue to get it working. Once you’re going up like this [and] you find yourself having the worst automotive on the grid, it’s sophisticated to get a very good seat.”
Grosjean joins Jimmie Johnson and Scott McLaughlin – a number of champions in NASCAR and Australian Supercars respectively – in making the change to IndyCar this 12 months. He’s relishing the chance to compete on a degree enjoying subject with them and the collection’ high opponents.
“I feel it’s a fantastic collection the place you’ve acquired high drivers, high degree, high races,” he stated. “You get an opportunity to just about have the identical instruments as your folks, opponents.
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“System 1 is great. It’s nice. However, I imply, I’m placing cash on the truth that Lewis [Hamilton] goes to be eight-time world champion this 12 months.
“I’ve actually loved my time there. I’ve had a fantastic profession. But in addition I used to be on the finish of what I needed to do there. Preventing with Haas to [get] out of Q1 when every little thing was incredible is one thing that I had sufficient [of]. It was no actual enjoyable.”
Transferring into IndyCar provides Grosjean his first practical shot at successful a race for “10 years”, he believes.
“The final time I acquired actually the prospect to have the identical instruments because the others was 2011 in GP2. I used to be near win just a few occasions in System 1, however I used to be additionally within the period with Raikkonen and Vettel who dominated every little thing. I used to be shut few occasions, however not on an every-race foundation.”
Grosjean’s participation on this 12 months’s IndyCar season is restricted to the 13 street and road occasions on the 17-round calendar, although he has indicated an interest in competing in the final oval round at Gateway. Past that, he isn’t certain whether or not he’ll decide to IndyCar past this 12 months.
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“I don’t have a direct reply,” he stated. “I can solely let you know what I believe. If I take pleasure in my time within the US, I can do a fantastic job, I really feel like that is what I wish to do and I can race properly and do my job correctly, in a pleasant manner, I might positively keep.
“On the minute it’s a problem that I’m taking up quite a lot of features. It’s a brand new class, quite a lot of journey for me. My household is staying in Europe. Generally I’m going to be perhaps a month with out seeing them, which is sort of exhausting whenever you’re a dad.
“However I’m able to attempt it. As I say, if every little thing goes properly, I actually take pleasure in myself, I’ve acquired nice alternatives sooner or later right here, I’m very happy to carry everybody over and to take pleasure in just a few years right here.
“I’m 35 so I nonetheless have a while for racing. Appears that the fellows, Scott [Dixon] is 40, Will Energy simply turned 40, Sebastien [Bourdais] is 42. They nonetheless do actually good and go racing. I nonetheless see that I’ve acquired some years left. As I say, if I take pleasure in myself right here, what I got here searching for, I’ll keep.”