The Swiss-born Frenchman’s exit from Andretti Autosport is inevitable at season’s end, as reported by NBC Sports. In the same article, Grosjean also shared that discussions with other teams have taken place.
After making 179 starts in Formula 1 from 2009-2020, Grosjean moved to IndyCar in 2021 and ran a partial season with Dale Coyne Racing, earning three podiums – including two runner-up results – in 13 starts.
A full-time switch to Andretti Autosport in 2022 has yet to produce that elusive first win in North America’s premier open-wheel championship, with only three podiums – all second-place results – in 33 races together.
Sources told Motorsport.com that Grosjean was seen coming out of Dale Coyne Racing’s trailer earlier in the weekend. The team owner confirmed conversations with Grosjean have taken place.
“Yes,” Coyne said, “but you could ask me any other driver and the answer would be yes.”
When asked if he would be open to a reunion with Grosjean, Coyne replied: “Sure, yeah.”
Where a return becomes possible is the imminent departure of David Malukas, who shared during Friday’s media availability that backing from HMD Trucking, a company founded by his father, Henry Malukas, will not be going with him.
“It will a little bit,” Coyne said. “It will, but we knew that. That's fine.”
Coyne has been a starting point for several drivers in the sport, including two-time IndyCar champion Palou, who raced for the team in 2020 before joining Chip Ganassi Racing.
“We like it when somebody leaves here and goes to a better field because it shows that we can groom 'em,” Coyne said. “If they can do a good job here, hopefully they do a good job when they go to another team.
“Alex Palou's a great example; came here, proved himself, won the championship the following year. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.
“You know, Romain probably had a better year with us than he had with Andretti. So, we think it's good when a guy moves up the ladder, for sure.”