IndyCar Feud: Romain Grosjean Still Waiting for Apology from Santino Ferrucci

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IndyCar racers Romain Grosjean and Santino Ferrucci won’t be tying their horses up together anytime soon.

The two have had a couple of run-ins in the past few weeks, and as this weekend’s Indianapolis 500 approaches, Grosjean indicated the animosity remains but said Thursday that “we’ve got bigger fish to fry” than worrying about the A.J. Foyt Enterprises driver.

“I don’t think we play in the same field,” Grosjean said. "I just focus on racing everyone the same way and do the best I can. I don’t care if it’s car No. 14 or 28 or 3. I’m here to do the job for Junos Hollinger Racing. I need to do a good job for myself. I think I didn’t do anything wrong. So I just do my thing and don’t worry about the rest.”

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He said he and Ferrucci “met in the paddock a couple of days ago” and was prepared to stay tight-lipped about that conversation. Then he elaborated: “He asked me if we’re good. And my answer was ‘No,’ because three times he put me in the wall or the grass for no reason.”


Of course, Ferrucci’s story differs. At the Sonsio Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, the ill will from the Children’s of Alabama Grand Prix at Birmingham reignited in practice. Ferrucci was feisty, flipping off Grosjean and telling the TV broadcast, “Man, he drove into me at Barber in the warmup for no reason, so I'm simply returning the favor, my friend.

"It's not Formula 1 anymore. You can hit people with these cars and be fine. You want to turn into me when I have the inside? I'm not lifting. I'm sorry. I had the corner, and that's on him. If he doesn't like it, he can come talk to me."

Grosjean said, “I don’t think we’re going to be good as long as doesn’t come and apologize and explain why. I don’t think we’re good. Does that mean I’m going to do anything on track [in the 500]? Not really. That’s not the type of driver I am. I’m just going to drive and race everyone the same way. The rest, I don’t care. We’ve got bigger fish to fry.”