Romain Grosjean’s Formula One career so far has been marred by a series of incidents and accidents – the most notable of which at Spa last season saw him receive a one-race ban – but the Frenchman could be in line to claim his first grand prix victory in Hungary on Sunday.
Grosjean qualified an excellent 3rd for the race on Sunday behind Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel, but just as he did in Germany, the Lotus driver could prove to be a difficult customer for the leaders on Sunday thanks to the way in which the Lotus E21 car works with the Pirelli tires. At the Nurburgring, Grosjean went deep into the race on his first stint and ran in P2 for large parts of the race before eventually finishing 3rd behind Sebastian Vettel and teammate Kimi Raikkonen.
Relying he can repeat this kind of pace, could Romain Grosjean become the newest member of the ‘grand prix winners’ club in Formula One?
Post-qualifying, Grosjean was called before the stewards after his car failed a bodywork test but he escaped penalty after the team was given the benefit of doubt with the damage being caused by the car hitting the kerb at turn 11. The FIA stated that “this is deemed to be a case of accidental damage, not a case of non-compliance.”
INDIANAPOLIS – Rather than the traditional December unveil, this year’s reveal newest likeness added to the Borg-Warner Trophy came Tuesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.
Takuma Sato got to see the result of the sculpting done by William Behrends and then turned from wax, clay and ceramic into sterling silver on Tuesday evening, as the winner of the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil saw his face revealed on the trophy.
Sato took the No. 26 Ruoff Home Mortgage Honda for Andretti Autosport to the win in thrilling fashion this year over Helio Castroneves, denying the Brazilian his fourth Indianapolis 500 victory in the process. It atoned for his near-miss in 2012, driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, the team he’ll return to in 2018.
It’s been a whirlwind last week-plus for Sato, doing the podium interviews at the Japanese Grand Prix, reflecting on his Indianapolis 500 triumph, then sharing the victory spoils with another Japanese pilot in Yoshihide Muroya, who won the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Indianapolis this weekend.
Photos of Sato’s face on the most unique trophy in sports are below. This post will be updated following tonight’s full unveil. (All photos: Walt Kuhn)