Romain Grosjean initiates legal action against former team

Romain Grosjean is taking action against a former racing team over his untimely sacking from the outfit.

Ex-Formula 1 driver Romain Grosjean has revealed that he’s “commenced” legal action against Andretti Autosport, after the side dropped him from their 2024 Indycar driver line-up.

Andretti came to the decision to axe the Frenchman after deciding to reduce their roster from four cars to three, with Grosjean’s seat being removed as a result.

Grosjean joined Andretti in 2022, after impressing the paddock during his maiden IndyCar campaign in 2021.

2022 was another positive season for the former Haas F1 driver, who went onto start 2023 even better.

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Grosjean started the most recent campaign with two P2 finishes in the opening four rounds, before going on a shocking run of results.

In the final 13 rounds of the season, Grosjean salvaged just one top-10 finish, resulting in Andretti opting not to continue working with the driver in 2024.

Grosjean is trying to find another seat on the IndyCar grid for 2024, although he’s also taking legal action against Andretti, who he expected to be racing for in the coming seasons.

Whilst he wishes the team’s employees the best for the future, he is insistent that promises made to him aren’t “being fulfilled”.

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He released a full statement on Wednesday, where he revealed that he’s “commenced an arbitration proceeding in Indiana against Andretti Autosport”, in a bid to “protect my rights”.

“I enjoyed working with the IndyCar team at Andretti Autosport,” Grosjean said.

“I am proud of the successes we shared through two seasons. I am thankful for the many friendships developed at the highest level of American open-wheel racing.

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“I had expected to continue racing with the fine people of Andretti Autosport in the coming years. I am disappointed that this is not being fulfilled, and wish Andretti team members well. I am pursuing other options to continue my IndyCar career in pursuit of excellence.

“I have commenced an arbitration proceeding in Indiana against Andretti Autosport, seeking to protect my rights. I am represented by John Maley and Mark Owens of Barnes & Thornburg, LLP. Respectfully, Romain Grosjean.”

His move to IndyCar in 2021 came after he departed Haas F1 at the end of 2020 season, which he failed to take part in following his horror crash at the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix.