Michael Andretti calls the Mid-Ohio team’s actions unacceptable


Michael Andretti on Tuesday Meltdown of his IndyCar team in Mid-Ohio Unacceptable, he said his four drivers are expected to work together as teammates for the rest of the season.

Andretti led an emergency meeting at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course after the race on Sunday. The fracture of the Andretti Autosport lineup has been completely revealed.

Romain Grosjean and Alexander Rossi raced bumper cars for personal positions. Rossi also hit rookie teammate Devlin DeFrancesco, Grosjean hit Colton Herta, and IndyCar penalized both Rossi and Grosjean for avoidable contact.

After the race, team owner Andretti was seen having a heated conversation with Rossi’s father, who brought in all four drivers to discuss the blunder.

“The race results in Mid-Ohio didn’t go as planned. The Sunday show was disappointing and unacceptable and not our way of running,” Andretti submitted to the Associated Press. Said in a statement.

“Racing is a passionate sport and we have four very competitive drivers, but we are one of Andretti’s teams and we expect the drivers to work together to improve the team. You have to remember that. “

After nearly a decade of racing in F1, Grosjean ran away from the wreckage of a burning car at the end of the series with a crash in 2020 and earned the nickname “Phoenix.” He switched to IndyCar next season and outperformed his performance as he was driving towards Dale Coyne Racing. This allowed the French to get a better seat in front runner Andretti Autosport.

Rossi decided earlier this year that his seventh season with Andretti would be his last. The 100th winner of the 2016 Indianapolis 500 signed with the Aroma McLaren SP in 2023.

Grosjean and Rossi faced five times in F1 in 2015, and Rossi started driving towards Manor Marussia. Grosjean finished in 13th place and Rossi was 14th in Rossi’s F1 debut. Rossi’s time in F1 was exhausted at the end of the season and he has been with Andretti ever since.

He and Grosjean didn’t care about each other, and Grosjean didn’t retreat following a post-mid-Ohio race lecture from his boss.Grosjean I called Rossi “absolutely stupid” after that.

Rossi emphasized that he had promised to work as a member of the Andretti organization for the remaining seven races, but declined to comment further.

The Andretti organization has only won one so far this season — Herta on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course — and 8th place Rossi is the highest ranked Andretti driver. Grosjean has won the podium once and is ranked 14th.

The organization was also less competitive in the Indy 500, one of the races where team owners place the highest priority on victory. Rossi in 5th place was the best Andretti driver, and Marco Andretti’s second half of the third lap was the only lap that Andretti car paced the field.


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