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2017-08-02 10:14:00 CET

World Champs pit stop for F1 star

Romain Grosjean left impressed by Danube Island

Romain Grosjean (centre) with USA's Emily Day and Nicole Branagh on the Red Bull Beach Arena  courtRomain Grosjean (centre) with USA's Emily Day and Nicole Branagh on the Red Bull Beach Arena court

The FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships presented by A1 had a special visitor on Tuesday: Formula 1 star Romain Grosjean.

The 31-year-old Frenchman took in the action on the Red Bull Beach Arena, including Teresa Strauss and Kathi Holzer’s match against Americans Emily Day and Nicole Branagh.

And the driver for Haas F1 Team admitted he was a little jealous of the support beach volleyball players receive on court.

“We don’t get to hear the crowd when we’re racing,” said Grosjean, who made his F1 debut in 2009. “We drivers don’t get that extra energy from the crowd. Watching the Austrian team in Austria and seeing the crowd cheer for them was amazing and it must be a great feeling for the players.”

While Grosjean admitted his beach volleyball knowledge wasn’t the best, he could help but be impressed by the set-up.

“I came here not knowing a lot but it looks great,” he said. “The athletes are strong and the tactical side of it is really interesting and I’m very pleased to be here.

“It looks like a lot of hard work. Seeing the teams play on court is a bit like tennis – you think it’s easy but when you get on court you’re then like ‘what do I know?!’”

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