Romain Grosjean talks about his return to Sarthe with Lamborghini | EUROtoday

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VS'is among the many personalities who will host this new version of the well-known Sarthoise race. Fourteen years after his first participation in Le Mans, simply after a primary stint in Formula 1, Romain Grosjean is making his comeback in Sarthe this 12 months, within the premier class of the World Endurance Championship (WEC), the Hypercars.

Three and a half years after his horrible accident which scared the entire world dwell, and ended his profession in F1, the Franco-Swiss driver is continuous his profession within the United States, in IndyCar. Alongside this famend single-seater championship, which allowed him to participate within the Indianapolis 500 for the primary time, he’s concerned in just a few endurance races with Lamborghini Iron Lynx, which is getting into three automobiles at Le Mans this 12 months.

“The Phoenix”, as he nicknamed himself after having escaped the worst, took the time to reply our questions earlier than embarking on this new journey.

Point : You are entered once more within the 24 Hours of Le Mans, after a primary participation, in a Ford GT, in 2010… How does it really feel to come back again?

Romain Grosjean : I'm very glad to be again. This is a race I stated I might do once more. Well, it took me a bit time, however I'm right here and within the premier endurance class, so I'm tremendous delighted.

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You simply stated it, you’ll be racing this 12 months in Hypercar, throughout the Lamborghini Iron Lynx staff, on the wheel of a brand new automobile, the SC63. So it’s a season of studying for everybody. What would be the goal in these situations?

This is the primary time that Lamborghini has arrived at Le Mans, on this class at that. It's a really good challenge, with a brand new automobile, and a really good problem for us. I believe the primary goal is to complete, which is rarely straightforward at Le Mans, and the quantity two goal, a bit hidden, is to do the perfect you’ll be able to! (He smiles.)

What does it take to carry out effectively in such a particular occasion?

You want a little bit of every little thing: a great automobile, a great staff, luck… You want loads of vitality, too! As far as we’re involved, the staff is there, the automobile is doing fairly effectively for the time being, we’re persevering with to work effectively on it. As I stated, we're nonetheless on the very starting of growth… Afterwards, the remaining, we are able to't actually management it, so we'll see what occurs to us.

Concerning your vitality, exactly. You had been within the United States on Sunday to race an IndyCar Grand Prix, and right here you’re two days later in France, in a totally completely different self-discipline, becoming a member of the preparation of a 24 Hour race… Isn't that proper? isn't that too complicated?

Yes, it's very complicated. But finally, I believe it's a great factor. It permits the mind to place itself in a unique mode, an endurance mode, to refocus extra simply. And then I get alongside very effectively with my teammates, that helps, I'm fortunate, so I'm fairly assured I'll be in rapidly. Now, the final time I lapped the automobile was at Sebring, in March… We'll must get again into the swing of issues and discover our ft once more.

In Formula 1, the place you take part in 179 Grands Prix, you’re alone on the wheel and your teammate is usually the primary particular person to beat. Here, it's a totally completely different method, you must work in symbiosis together with your two teammates. How do you expertise it?

So, in reality, I’ve the prospect to do Indycar, the place I solely maintain myself, and on the similar time endurance, just a few races per 12 months, so I’ve exactly a stability that I adore it, as a result of I discover it an important train to share such a human journey with teammates. I actually take pleasure in doing this. Yes, you must compromise on all of the little particulars, however I prefer it.

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How do you view the World Endurance Championship (WEC) and Hypercars?

We have nice rules, we’ve nice automobiles, we’ve nice producers who’ve arrived… So I believe this can be a key second within the endurance that we’re experiencing. It's nice to see the premier class on the 24 Hours of Le Mans full of 9 producers and all these dedicated contributors. And they're cool automobiles, we’ve enjoyable behind the wheel.

Some drivers deplore that motorsport is turning into a bit too difficult. On a Hypercar there are 100 potential settings on the steering wheel alone…

Personally, I like that, I believe it's good to have all this work with the engineers which additionally provides loads of freedom by way of the settings and the instruments we’ve on board. I like making an attempt to know, I like making an attempt to regulate the automobile as finest I can. Afterwards, for certain, it's not a automobile with a easy steering wheel and only a radio button… But it's a selection that we make, once we come to race right here.

As you stated, this 12 months you’re collaborating in two legendary races within the historical past of motorsport. Are there different stuff you need to measure your self in opposition to sooner or later?

There are loads of races world wide that I wish to attempt, after all, however, this 12 months, I’ll admit that I’m already fairly busy, so I’m not going so as to add extra. For the second, I’m already targeted on Le Mans the place I need to do effectively, why not come again to do even higher sooner or later? Same for the Indianapolis 500, the place I need to proceed studying to complete subsequent time, however above all to complete effectively! Then sure, sooner or later, why not attempt a Nascar race.