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Grosjean prepared to put 'fear on the side' to race Indy

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Romain Grosjean said he was prepared to set aside fear and race at Indianapolis and other U.S. ovals if he moves to IndyCar after Formula One.

Formula One F1 - Turkish Grand Prix - Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey - November 12, 2020 Haas' Romain Grosjean during a press conference ahead of the Turkish Grand Prix FIA/Handout via REUTERS

The experienced Frenchman is leaving the U.S.-owned Haas F1 team at the end of the season and looks unlikely to find another seat.

Both he and Danish team mate Kevin Magnussen are looking at American open-wheeled racing, despite Grosjean expressing doubts in the past about racing on ovals, and have had talks with teams.

“I thought IndyCar has much more ovals than it actually does,” Grosjean told reporters at the Turkish Grand Prix on Thursday.

“And ovals, yes, it’s something that I’m not necessarily a huge fan of, but looking at the calendar, there’s basically three ovals.

“Obviously racing the Indianapolis 500 is something unique, it’s one of the top three races in the world with Le Mans and Monaco.

“I think if you can put the fear on the side a little bit and go for it, and accept that also the cars are much safer, the walls are safer...I accept now that it can be a good opportunity and a fun experience, and hopefully a successful experience.”

Grosjean, 34, said there might still be some opportunities in IndyCar, even if some of the teams had finalised their 2021 lineups.

A father of three, the Frenchman said lifestyle and family issues would play a big part in any decision.

“I think there’s more pros than cons -- but obviously the lifestyle and where we live and what we do with the kids and their education and their future is very high on the priority list,” he said.

“It’s not like I’m a youngster that can just jump on a plane with a backpack and not look behind me.”

Writing by Alan Baldwin, editing by Toby Davis

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