Following their departure from F1 at the end of 2020 due to HAAS not renewing either contracts, Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen have opted for another form of motorsport in open-wheel racing for Grosjean and sports car racing for Magnussen, both based in America. They caught up yesterday (Friday June 11th) at the Detroit GP. Romain races for IndyCar and Kevin IMSA (International Motor Sports Association).
This is the first time they’ve publicly reunited since their F1 days last year. Just a week after Grosjean’s crash in Bahrain, at the Sakhir GP, Magnussen explained that it only brought them closer and that he’s really ‘missed’ Romain when interviewed with F1 prior to the race – “It does feel different and I already miss Romain, usually I go into the weekend, knowing that we’re going to be uncompetitive, you know, the one that pushes you is your teammate. This weekend just feels different, the pressure is a bit less and it’s a little bit less exciting because Romain isn’t here.” He concluded.
Grosjean joined the all-American F1 team in 2016, racing alongside his then teammate, Esteban Gutierrez. Grosjean went on to score points in their first ever race as a new team at the Australian GP as he finished P6. HAAS finished in 8th in the constructors’ championship that season as the races progressed.
Magnussen on the other hand, made his began his F1 career in 2014 racing with McLaren and went on to replace Gutierrez for the 2015 season and they made quite the pairing, certainly an improvement for HAAS as they secured 5th place instead of 8th for the constructors championships in 2018.
They always say things happen for a reason and it’s probably worked for the best that both Grosjean and Magnussen didn’t return to HAAS as they haven’t showed much improvement this season, bringing in fresh blood to the team in Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin plus a whole new livery hasn’t had the payoff they were hoping with MSC in 17th and MAZ 19th in the Driver’s standings, yet to score any points.
It’s clear to see that both drivers have gained mutual respect and are each other’s biggest supporters in recent years, it’s great to see their bond continue. This new chapter in their lives has lead to great success in such a short amount of time as not only did both drivers reunite yesterday, Magnussen also earned his first pole position for IMSA in qualifying yesterday at Belle Isle raceway, Detroit and Grosjean claimed victorious in what was only his third race, taking at well deserved P2 in the Indianapolis GP in May from pole in Qualifying.
First IMSA Pole for Magnussen Comes in Cadillac DPi in the Motor City