Michael Andretti acknowledged Tuesday that the meltdown of his IndyCar group at Mid-Ohio was unacceptable and stated his 4 drivers shall be anticipated to work collectively as teammates the rest of the season.
Andretti led an emergency assembly after Sunday’s race at Mid-Ohio Sports activities Automobile Course, the place a fracture within the Andretti Autosport lineup was absolutely revealed.
Romain Grosjean and Alexander Rossi performed bumper vehicles in a race for place that turned private. Rossi additionally hit rookie teammate Devlin DeFrancesco, Grosjean hit Colton Herta and IndyCar penalized each Rossi and Grosjean for avoidable contact.
After the race, group proprietor Andretti was seen having a heated dialog with Rossi’s father, and he pulled all 4 drivers inside to debate the debacle.
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“Our race leads to Mid-Ohio didn’t go as deliberate. Sunday’s show was disappointing and unacceptable and never the way in which we function — on or off the observe,“ Andretti stated Tuesday in a press release offered to The Related Press.
“Racing is a passionate sport and we now have 4 extremely aggressive drivers; nevertheless we’re one group at Andretti and our drivers must do not forget that we count on them to work collectively for the betterment of the group. That’s the way in which it will likely be going ahead.”
Grosjean raced for almost a decade in Components One earlier than his time within the sequence led to a 2020 crash from which he escaped from the burning wreckage of his automotive, incomes the nickname “The Phoenix.” He switched to IndyCar the subsequent season and overperformed whereas driving for Dale Coyne Racing, which helped the Frenchman land a greater seat at front-runner Andretti Autosport.
Rossi determined earlier this 12 months that his seventh season with Andretti could be his final. The winner of the a hundredth working of the Indianapolis 500 in 2016 has signed with Arrow McLaren SP for 2023.
Grosjean and Rossi raced towards one another 5 occasions in F1 in 2015, when Rossi obtained a handful of begins driving for Manor Marussia. Grosjean completed thirteenth and Rossi was 14th in Rossi’s F1 debut. Rossi’s time in F1 ran out on the finish of that season and he’s been with Andretti since.
He and Grosjean don’t look after one another, and Grosjean didn’t again down following the Mid-Ohio postrace lecture from the boss. Grosjean referred to as Rossi “an absolute fool” afterward.
Rossi burdened that he was dedicated to working as a part of the Andretti group via the remaining seven races however declined to remark additional.
The Andretti group has only one win to this point this season — Herta on the street course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway — and Rossi at eighth is the highest-ranked Andretti driver within the standings. Grosjean has one podium end and is ranked 14th.
The group additionally wasn’t all that aggressive on the Indy 500, the one race the group proprietor cares most about successful. Rossi in fifth was the highest-finishing Andretti driver and the three late laps led by Marco Andretti have been the one laps that an Andretti automotive paced the sector.