Rahal looks back on his clash with Grosjean

Graham Rahal

Graham Rahal wasted no time in giving his version of the late-race collision with Romain Grosjean during the Alabama Grand Prix at Barber Motorsports Park.

The two drivers touched in turn n°5.

“I think the situation is very clear – just look at the dash cam. Look at the angle of the head (of Grosjean). When I can see in the mirror that his head is pointing (towards me) when the track turns the other way, it’s pretty self explanatory. I gave him space. »

Rahal had gone wide into Turn 5 in an effort to close in on the #3 Chevrolet single-seater of Scott McLaughlin. He was then in the fight for sixth place. Grosjean came to stand inside Rahal.

Their first contact between the two single-seaters was made on the rope, but it was the second contact, much further away, that made Rahal boil.

“His right front wheel is level with my left rear! There are no excuses. Look on the video he lets go of the car to touch me. He clearly did it on purpose. »

For Grosjean, his clash with Rahal is part of the race.

He said there was « a lot of wheel stomping » in the 90-lap race. According to him it is, it is so difficult to overtake that this kind of contact is inevitable.

“It was a good race. That’s also IndyCar, wheel-to-wheel racing. »

Grosjean finally got ahead of Rahal on the final lap as the latter was running out of fuel. Grosjean finished seventh and Rahal eighth.

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