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.”
Holmatro, a long-time partner of INDYCAR and title sponsor of the Holmatro Safety Team, have renewed a long-standing partnership that will see Holmatro and INDYCAR continue their partnership in a five-year contract extension.
“Holmatro has been a trusted partner and supplier in Indy car racing for more than 20 years,” said president of competition and operations Jay Frye. “Holmatro’s growth parallels some of the great strides made in safety for INDYCAR drivers and teams. We’re pleased to see this partnership continue, as it is a great benefit to everyone in the paddock.”
Holmatro’s relationship with INDYCAR dates back to 1991, when they first supplied tools to the safety team of the CART sanctioned PPG IndyCar World Series. Holmatro branding will continue to be featured on the firesuits, vehicles, and transporters of INDYCAR’s safety team throughout the agreement.
“Holmatro is extremely pleased to extend our partnership with INDYCAR for another five years,” said Tony Barboza, general manager for Holmatro. “We’re extremely proud to be affiliated with the premier on-track safety team in the world. Members of the safety team serve on their home fire departments when not at INDYCAR events and, like them, we believe in constant improvement and innovation. When the race is for life, you can count on the INDYCAR Safety Team and Holmatro rescue tools.”