Romain Grosjean, Ross Chastain and The Icon

We bring you here today, during this week when NASCAR and IndyCar are shut down and only Formula One is on the racing calendar. (Canadian Grand Prix, Sunday, 2 p.m. ET; Live broadcast on ABC) To discuss what has always been a hot topic among hot shoes but has become an especially burning topic in the past several weeks across all forms of motorsport: restraint on the racetrack.

Drivers enforce driving codes through bumpers and retaining walls. Justice Century Chrome. It’s been around forever, but exactly when is it appropriate for runners to practice discipline in their own gloves? Is it good at all?

Mario Andretti explains when asked about managing discipline on the racetrack. “The different thing is that in our sport, someone can get hurt or die. The person who needs to teach the lesson needs to be reminded of that first and foremost, but so does the rider who decided he was going to be the enforcer. You can’t fix something by making it worse.”

Then the man who won all three sets adds: “But you can fix it. Sometimes it really needs to be fixed. No He. She Really, but World Health Organization. “

There have been two very standouts this season, starting with the IndyCar circuit.

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When Romain Grosjean He arrived at the IndyCar series in 2021, bringing a bit of a prepackaged photo with him. reputation. Not the one you might think, The stunning and death-defying ‘Phoenix’ emerging from a crash at the 2020 F1 Bahrain GPemerges from a spooky inferno and appears as Hugh Jackman in the movie Wolverine that everyone hates.

No, we mean the rep who earned him long before that day because, as we say, it’s hard to get past without any sort of problem. Specifically, there is a bit of an unpredictable driving style that results in the inevitable connection to those trying to maneuver around the Swiss-born driver on the racetrack. Mark Webber was once described by the Formula One competitor as “the first person to be cocky about the lap.”

It was that notoriety that made his new open-wheel rivals pause when he switched from F1 to IndyCar. It is an exploratory report that is clearly affected Graham RahalWords six weeks ago at Barber Motorsports Park. After touring with Grosjean, he saw the son of three-time Indy Champion Bobby.

Rahal said, noting the warning calls that have come his way from the F1 drivers’ corps and his fellow competitors after Grosjean’s other crashes this season, particularly in Barber and Saint Petersburg. He then turned his comments toward promises to send a future message through his race machine. “If the race control doesn’t want it [penalize Grosjean]Then they won’t do anything. But when we go and chase him, they better not do anything to me. …I think drivers need to come together, all of us, because I’m not the only one with a problem. “

A month later, when the NASCAR Cup Series held its inaugural event in St. Louis, Ross Chastain It was so en route on the narrow, 1.25-mile oval that it drew the ire of not one but two future NASCAR Hall of Famers. Denny HamlinFurious at being chased by Chastain, he veered to block him almost into the back stretching area. then Chase ElliotAfter Chastain also turned around, he attempted to smash it more than once during the same lap, all while Elliot’s crew chief Alan Gustafson yelled over the radio to put Car #1 in the fence.

After the race, Chastain was whining hard for forgiveness while Hamlin said, “There seems to be no sense of awareness there saying, ‘Maybe I’m a little aggressive. “That’s his decision. He can make any decision he wants. He’s his own man. … He’s been very successful at doing what he does, but in the end sport is self-control. When you least expect it and when it means the most is when it comes.”

He didn’t come around Chastain last Sunday at Sonoma Raceway. Nor does it apply to Grosjean. Until now.

Rahal and Grojian spoke privately after the incident with their hairdresser. During the week of the Indy 500, Grosjean appeared to think his issue with Rahal had been resolved, but Rahal said their conversation was a little more than what Grosjean told him one doesn’t drive F1 for 10 years “unless you’re top-tier” and stated that he hadn’t The only driver disqualified from the race this season due to contact with the former Haas Formula 1 driver.

Meanwhile, Chastain said he had “spoken to all parties involved” and that it was a “good conversation” but added vaguely: “Whatever happens, happens.” Sure enough, this sounds like a whole lot of “so far”. It’s just a matter of when, where and how to drop.

Will it be with a shock absorber or nose cone somewhere down the road when, as Hamlin said, it matters most? See: Phoenix 2012, the penultimate race of the NASCAR Cup season, when Jeff Gordon turned on Clint Bowyer in the closing laps to stop him moving into the championship final. why? To avenge a confrontation with Bowyer in Martinsville eight months ago.

Or will it be at the drivers meeting behind closed doors, and the room unites over the one problem child? See: Talladega 1991, when Ernie Irvan was so out of control that he got trapped and chewed up by so many drivers and team owners that he stood up at the drivers meeting and apologized. Most of the attendees welcomed the ‘Swervin’ Irvan’ speech. Others refused to show praise until he actually got it—ahem, Rusty Wallace.

SEE ALSO: Countless very honest F1 driver meetings when pilots angrily talk about questionable moves from their colleagues as if the offending party isn’t even in the room.

“The nature of our cars doesn’t lend itself to a lot of physical lessons on the track, and certainly not like the NASCAR or V8 Supercars that make their way back home in Australia,” McLaren Daniel Ricciardo Explained over the weekend at the Miami GP. He grew up a huge fan of the ultimate in regular car discipline, Dale Earnhardt, who always credited Richard Petty’s tongue-lashing tongue for putting him in his shoes as a reckless beginner. “That leaves our F1 drivers’ meetings as a place to voice grievances. You just pray that you’re not the one to come after, because when they do, they will cross that line from polite to uncomfortable very quickly.”

“This is what you have to decide: where is your line that needs to be crossed to make you decide, ‘OK, this has to be done now,’ and then what line would you like to cross to make your point?” Kevin Harvick He explained earlier this season. Last fall, Elliott ran to Charlotte grounds to score one of those points, after Elliott stopped him and prevented him from advancing in the playoffs.

“Sometimes life teaches you good lessons,” Harvick said that day. And now he adds context to this lesson-teaching. “Don’t go out to hurt a man. Go out to hurt his day. Once again, know where the lines can and cannot be crossed.”

That day in Charlotte, NASCAR decided Harvick and Elliott had already crossed a bad streak and invited the two former champions onto the carpet to tell them just as much.

“What NASCAR does is they take a position that they are trying to allow competitors to compete,” Gustafson later recalls the accident. “They want the competitors to be able to decide the outcome of the races, and let the racers take care of it themselves. I think that’s how it should be, but the message NASCAR sent was, ‘We tried to do the best job we can to let you guys sort this out. On the right track, but that was too far away. Basically, they told us they got over it.”

Conditional restraint.

“We all know where that line is, at least we should,” he said Joseph NewgardenTwice IndyCar Champion. He has been, at times, one of Grosjean’s most vocal critics. “But that can’t be Mad Max. It’s a group of racers who all depend on each other to race hard but also race smart. Race safe. That’s really the point of all of this.

“And there isn’t a single rider at these levels who hasn’t spoken to a veteran because they did something stupid. The result should be that you don’t do that stupid thing again. Then you will have circled chariots on you.”