Gene Haas, who owns the team of the same name in Formula 1, said that Roman Grosjean approached him for sponsorship for performances in the IndyCar series. The American businessman was at first ready to support the racer, but after Roman’s terrible accident at the Bahrain Grand Prix, he refused to provide funding, because he believed that Grosjean was better off retirement.
Gene Haas: “Roman asked if we were ready to sponsor him in the IndyCar series, and at first I was ready to discuss this issue. However, after the accident in Bahrain, I was glad that he did not send himself to the next world. Considering that Roman completely destroyed the car, I was very glad that he survived.
Roman has a wife and three children, so I told him that I could not give him the money for which he could kill himself. He got off lightly in that accident, and I thought he should stay at home with his family. Understand, if the car got stuck in the barrier a little to the side, then he could not get out of it and died. Roman and the team were very lucky. I just can’t imagine what I would then have to say to his widow and children.
After that, I could not give him money. I told Roman: “Stay at home, I can’t help you anymore.”
You know, Grosjean is a great driver, and when he has a good day, he is no worse than any other driver. He loves to race and the decision to pursue a career in IndyCar is his choice, but I don’t want to be part of a bad choice. I, like him, were lucky that he survived. That day was the happiest in the entire history of the Haas team, as Roman not only survived, but also remained relatively unscathed. I was very happy when I saw him get out of the car. “
Source: Формула 1 на F1News.ru by www.f1news.ru.
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