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RaceFans Round-up: IndyCar wet tyres better than F1’s

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In the round-up: Romain Grosjean says wet weather races are more enjoyable in IndyCar than in Formula 1.

In brief

Wet IndyCar races “more enjoyable” than F1 – Grosjean

Ahead of this weekend’s race on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road circuit, which ran in wet conditions last year, Grosjean said he enjoys racing in the rain on the series’ Firestone tyres more than he did in F1 on its Pirelli rubber.

“The good thing is that we could stay flat out on the straight because we have good tyres,” he said. “So I feel my life is a lot more enjoyable than I’d known in the past.”

Some IndyCar drivers encountered visibility problems with their Aeroscreen during last year’s race, but Grosjean wasn’t one of them. “I was one of the only guys that had no problem,” he said. “I had no fog, visibility was poor, but compared to Formula 1 in the wet was actually pretty decent.”

Doohan quickest after causing last of eight red flags

Jack Doohan remained on top in the second day of Formula 2 testing at the Circuit de Catalunya, after causing the seventh and final red flag of the day. The Alpine junior driver lapped the Spanish Grand Prix venue in 1’24.318, putting him a tenth of a second clear of Frederik Vesti.

Clement Novalak was first to spin and bring out the red flags after the session began on a wet track. Jak Crawford caused a pair of stoppages, while Roy Nissany, Dennis Hauger, Enzo Fittipaldi and Ralph Boschung also did their bit to keep the marshals busy.

Haas wreckage shocks Sainz

Madrid native Carlos Sainz Jnr visited the F1 Exhibition at the Ifema venue in his home city and was particularly impressed by the burnt-out Haas VF-20 chassis from the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix.

“The most shocking piece in my opinion is of course the burnt chassis of Romain Grosjean,” said Sainz. “It is a great reminder of how dangerous this sport can be, despite all modern safety measures. It’s also a reminder of what we drivers put on the line every time we go racing.”

Grosjean’s car was destroyed after it exploded into flames when he hit a barrier on the first lap of the race. He survived the crash with burns to his hands.

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