Laguna Seca through the eyes of Romain Grosjean

Fancy a ride onboard an IndyCar around one of America’s most scenic tracks? Romain Grosjean has got you covered.

The former Haas charger has stepped up his preparations for his upcoming IndyCar season with Dale Coyne Racing.

After getting acquainted with his new working environment at Barber Motorsport Park in Alabama last week, the Frenchman continued his apprenticeship at Laguna Seca in northern California.

Grosjean’s first impression of his new ride is that it’s more physical than Formula 1 given the absence of driver aids such as power-steering.

“It’s very physical,” he admitted. “It is tough driving those cars, very much in a different way than Formula 1.

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“The only thing you fight in Formula 1 is the G-forces. Here you actually fight the heaviness of the car physically. But I don’t mind it, it’s quite cool.”

Grosjean also noted a clear contrast in handling characteristics between his Dallara DW12 and an F1 car.

“If I’m being simplistic, Formula 1 only works as aerodynamics and the rest is just here to support the car,” he explained. “An IndyCar works really with the set-up.

“The aerodynamics are much simpler, there’s much less downforce. So high-speed corners are a bit more fruity in an IndyCar but the low-speed corners actually feel maybe better.”

To get an impression of what it’s like to power around Laguna Seca in an IndyCar, check out Grosjean’s visor-cam onboard from earlier this week.

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