Brake disc failure curtails Grosjean’s running in FP2

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Romain Grosjean is feeling optimistic heading into the rest of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend despite suffering from a brake disc failure during the second practice session that meant much of his track time was lost.

The Frenchman finished quickest in the first session, but heading into turn eight he claimed that there was “something wrong” as he went straight on at the chicane. Upon his return to the pits, Lotus mechanics shrouded the car in order to hide the problem, but it was soon confirmed that he had indeed suffered a brake disc failure, as confirmed by NBC Sports’ Will Buxton.

However, Grosjean remains optimistic ahead of qualifying tomorrow.

“It’s been a pretty good day even if we missed time in the later session whilst the brakes were worked on,” he explained. “We also had a little vibration that needed looking at, but it wasn’t the end of the world.

“The car feels pretty good as we saw with the fastest time in the first session, so I’m sure we’ll get on top of everything we need to for tomorrow.”

Grosjean is looking to extend his run of three consecutive podium finishes in Abu Dhabi as he looks to lead Lotus’ charge for second place in the constructors’ championship following Kimi Raikkonen’s downturn in form and the Finn’s relationship with the team souring.

Red Bull Air Race: Yoshi Muroya joins Sato as Japanese champs at Indy

Photo: Joerg Mitter/Red Bull Content Pool
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Takuma Sato isn’t the only major Japanese athlete to take home top honors at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this year. Countryman Yoshihide Muroya joined him in that on Sunday after winning Red Bull Air Race at IMS, and the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in the process.

Fittingly, the 101st Indianapolis 500 champion was there on site to join him in the celebration.

Muroya flew with a track-record run in the final and erased the four-point deficit to points leader Martin Sonka. The record run came after a disappointing qualifying effort of 11th in the 14-pilot field in the Master Class.

A day after the win, Muroya joined Sato in heading to Sato’s new Verizon IndyCar Series team, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s, Indianapolis-based shop.

A few social posts from Muroya’s victory and the subsequent celebration are below.

CHECKING OUT EACH OTHER’S RIDES

ASTLES BREAKS THOUGH AS WELL

Muroya wasn’t alone among big winners at the Speedway. In the Challenger Class, Melanie Astles of France became the first woman to win a major race at IMS, and is the first female winner in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship.

Nine women have competed in the Indianapolis 500 (Janet Guthrie, Lyn St. James, Sarah Fisher, Danica Patrick, Milka Duno, Simona de Silvestro, Pippa Mann, Ana Beatriz, Katherine Legge) and Mann is the first woman to have been on the pole position at IMS, having done so for the Freedom 100 in 2010 in Indy Lights.

Photo: Joerg Mitter/Red Bull Content Pool