Romain Grosjean joins IndyCar following F1 exit but Frenchman won’t ‘risk’ himself on oval tracks… with ex-Haas driver still recovering from horror crash in Bahrain GP last season where he thought he was ‘dead’

Romain Grosjean announced a move from Formula One to IndyCar on Wednesday but said he would not race on the more dangerous ovals for the sake of his family after a fiery crash in Bahrain last year. Grosjean’s last race was in Bahrain last November when his car penetrated a metal barrier, split in two and erupted in flames before he made a miraculous escape. Grosjean said his manager texted him after the Bahrain accident to say ‘let’s forget IndyCar’, but he had wanted to do it even though some around him would have preferred him to retire. ‘I will be a rookie,’ said Grosjean, a veteran of 179 F1 starts.

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