IndyCar‘s decision to delay the introduction of hybrid power in 2024 raised eyebrows across the paddock but Romain Grosjean is relieved at the news.
Both Honda and Chevrolet have conducted several test days to perfect the hybrid system which was due to be introduced from the 2024 season opener in St Petersburg but it has now been pushed back to after the Indianapolis 500.
Only Team Penske, Arrow McLaren, Chip Ganassi and Andretti have done any testing with hybrid technology leaving the smaller teams, including Grosjean’s new employer Juncos Hollinger Racing, without the same knowledge.
“I think for us, it was tricky,” Grosjean told the media, including Total-Motorsport.com. “It was an advantage for some that was pretty significant.
“When we were doing the drivers’ meeting early in December, the guys were asking a question about the hybrid and I had no idea what they were talking about.
“I’m definitely kind of happy that it’s been postponed.”
Grosjean has spent the past two seasons with the Andretti stable and secured several podiums while agonisingly missing out on that elusive first victory in any category since he won the GP2 title in 2011.
He will be seen as the experienced campaigner at Juncos to guide the team’s setups across both cars but even in his fourth season, the Frenchman still has a lot to learn, especially at the 500.
“I think we have to see where we start in St Pete,” Grosjean added. “Success would be to improve and get better race after race and see what you can do.
“It’s not easy and the team is like, ‘Okay, we need to rely on you in the Indy 500‘ and I’m like ‘I’m going to be fair with you, I don’t know what a good car is’.”