Possible Marcus Ericsson replacements for 2024: No. 5 – Romain Grosjean
Romain Grosjean signing a contract extension with Andretti Autosport seemed like nothing more than a formality after he opened up the season with two runner-up finishes and two pole positions in the first four races.
Heading into the Indy 500, he sat in fourth place in the championship standings, even with a would-be win turning into a DNF to open the year on the streets of St. Petersburg in March.
But following back-to-back second place finishes in April, he went on an eight-race streak of failing to finish in the top 10, a streak he recently ended with a sixth place finish at Nashville Street Circuit. He has five DNFs and just three top 10 finishes this year.
Poised to finish well outside the top 10 in the standings like he did in his first year with Michael Andretti’s team last season, he finds himself on the hot seat as the team seek stability in their four-car lineup that they haven’t had in quite some time.
Perhaps a seat swap with Marcus Ericsson is the simplest solution. While going from one of the most reliable and consistent drivers on the grid to one of the least may not be in Chip Ganassi Racing’s best interest, there is still a sense that once Grosjean gets the monkey off his back, he will be hard to stop. What better team to do that with than the sport’s best?