Lotus rejects claim Grosjean brake-tested Verstappen

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Lotus director of trackside operations Alan Permane has rejected the idea that Romain Grosjean brake-tested Max Verstappen and caused their accident in the Monaco Grand Prix.

Verstappen crashed out of last Sunday’s race after running over the back of Grosjean’s car when trying to overtake at the first corner.

The 17-year-old emerged from the shunt unscathed, but was handed a five-place grid penalty for the Canadian Grand Prix for causing an avoidable incident.

However, Verstappen suggested that Grosjean had brake-tested him by decelerating his car earlier in the corner, thus causing the accident.

“After an unlucky pit stop, I was charging through the field before I got brake-tested and had a hard crash into turn one,” Verstappen wrote on his official website.

Taking to Twitter in the wake of these comments, Permane rejected the idea and explained how Grosjean had in fact braked later than on the previous lap.

Grosjean had been due to finish inside the points for the third race in a row, but the incident left him down in 11th place at the flag. Although he was initially angry with Verstappen, he said after the race that he hoped the crash served as a lesson learned for the rookie driver.

IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

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IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.