Romain Grosjean fell just short of claiming his second IndyCar pole position in Detroit, qualifying in P3 behind Pato O’Ward and Alex Rossi.
Since being dropped by Haas at the end of the 2020 season, Grosjean has joined the IndyCar grid, driving for Dale Coyne Racing, and has made an excellent start to life in the series.
After a solid first two races, he really came into his own at Indianapolis, claiming pole position before narrowly missing out on the win, finishing the race in P2.
After not participating in the famous oval race at the circuit, he returned for the Detroit Grand Prix, and made a strong start to the weekend in qualifying.
He couldn’t quite repeat his Indianapolis heroics and take another pole, but he wasn’t too far off.
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The system used for qualifying is that the grid is split into two groups, and the top six from each of them making it through to a final shootout.
Grosjean comfortably managed to make it through to said shootout, taking P2 in his group, being beaten only by fellow former F1 man, Rossi.
He then briefly took top spot early on the session that followed, lighting up the softer tyres quickly, but once again Rossi went faster than him, while McLaren’s Pato O’Ward beat them both to claim pole position.
It was nonetheless an excellent session for Grosjean, with him being comfortably the fastest of any of the rookies and a long way ahead of his team-mates.
He’ll be aiming to follow up on it with his first win in the series in one of the two races that follow at the Detroit circuit.
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