Grosjean: Racing for Ferrari a dream, but Haas the focus right now

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Romain Grosjean has said that although he does dream of one day racing for Ferrari in Formula 1, he is determined to make the new Haas team successful and take it up the grid.

Grosjean walked away from Lotus to join Haas F1 Team for 2016, established by NASCAR team co-owner Gene Haas.

Haas will enjoy a technical partnership with Ferrari in F1, using its power unit, gearbox, and suspension among other parts.

Grosjean has been considered by Ferrari as a driver option in the past, leading to questions about the motivation for moving to Haas, and whether he was using it as a stepping stone to one day join the Italian manufacturer.

Speaking to MotorSportsTalk in Barcelona earlier this week, Grosjean admitted that – like most drivers – he does dream of racing for Ferrari one day, but is fully focused on making Haas successful right now.

“I think when you are five years old and you start go-karting, Ferrari is the dream,” Grosjean said.

“Yes, Ferrari one day is a dream. But now I’m starting a season with 21 grands prix, a new team. I want to make it successful.

“I think for Formula 1, for the team, for myself, for everyone’s image, to be successful would be something unbelievable. The support we could get in the U.S. would be huge.

“Right now I’m here, wearing gray, having a car which I think has really good potential, and being ready for a season.”

Grosjean was full of praise for the parts supplied by Ferrari to Haas, saying that they were the best he had seen throughout his racing career.

“The suspension, the engine, the gearbox – all the parts we get from Ferrari are strong parts, are good parts – probably the best I’ve seen ever, the way they are built,” Grosjean said.

“It shows that it is a brand new team but we’ve got the resources and knowledge in the car.”

Supercross: Husqvarna’s Jalek Swoll and Malcolm Stewart out with injury

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Jalek Swoll and Rockstar Energy Husqvarna teammate Malcolm Stewart sustained injury in separate crashes late last week. Stewart missed Anaheim 2 and Swoll will not mount up for the 250 East season opener in Houston on February 4.

“Spent all of yesterday in the ER and today getting surgery so haven’t been able to make an update post,” Swoll posted on Instagram. “Spiral fractured my humorous yesterday and was lucky enough to get into surgery today. Absolutely heartbroken that I couldn’t show all the hard work me, [Mike Brown], [Aldon Baker], and [Joel Perez] were working on truly felt like this year was going to a big one with massive improvements we made but I guess it just wasn’t my time.”

The team announced on Instagram that Swoll underwent successful surgery to repair a broken bone in his arm, sustained in a practice crash on Friday. After missing the division opener, no further timeline has been given for his return.

Swoll made eight starts in the 250 West division last season with a best finish of fifth. In 2021, he scored his first SuperMotocross win in the outdoor Pro Motocross season at High Point Raceway in Mount Morris, Pennsylvania.

Stewart missed Anaheim 2 due to a practice injury. Likewise, the team did not announce a timetable for Stewart’s return.

He showed a lot of speed in the first two rounds before accidents eliminated him from contention in both rounds. He finished 16th at Anaheim 1 and 15th in San Diego, putting him in a points’ deficit that was already going to be difficult to overcome.

Stewart entered the 2023 season with a ton of confidence and believed all he needed was to stack his chips the right way to get this year’s championship.

Husqvarna is now represented by RJ Hampshire in the 250 West division and Christian Craig in 450s.

Hampshire had a rough weekend in Anaheim 2 and finished 11th in the overall standings after scoring a last place result in Race 2 with a bike sidelined by crash damage and a 13th in Race 3 after another fall.

Craig has not yet scored a top-10 on his 450 with a best of 11th at San Diego and Anaheim 2.

The news of these two injuries comes on the heels of the Pro Circuit Kawasaki team losing three of their four 250 riders.

Last week, Pro Circuit Kawasaki announced Seth Hammaker would miss the season opener with a wrist injury. Almost immediately, it was announced Jo Shimoda would also miss the 250 East opener with a shoulder injury.

Chris Blose will serve as a replacement rider in the 250 East division with Carson Mumford scheduled to replace the injured Austin Forkner in the West.