Haas car split in two and burst into flames after hitting barriers in the Bahrain GP.
Romain Grosjean, who was skeptical of the Halo safety device in Formula One cars, has admitted that he saved his life in a horrific accident at the Grand Prix in Bahrain.
Romain Grosjean said he was “somehow right” after recovering from a fatal crash at Formula 1 Bahrain’s Grand Prix on Sunday.
Comedian Grosjean Bahrain hit the obstacles in the first lap of the track on the Bahrain International Circuit, the impact split Romain Grosjean car in two and then burst into flames.
After the age of three, Daniel Quart’s contact with Scuderia Alfatori, Romain Grosjean’s Haas “speared into the barriers” at an impact speed of 221kph (137.3mph), F1.com says.
Georgian emerged from Romain Grosjean cockpit before being rescued by nearby marshals and paramedics. The front half of his car was engulfed in flames, Sky Sports reports.
The Frenchman spent the night in the hospital. X-rays revealed that he had not suffered any fractures.
In a medical update published on Monday, Romain Grosjean said he would “stay overnight at the Bahrain Grand Prix Sunday and continue to recover at the Bahrain Défense Forces (BDF) Hospital”.
The statement said: “Treatment on the burns Grosjean sustained on the back of both his hands is going well. Grosjean was visited by Guenther Steiner, team principal of Haas F1 Team, on Monday and it is anticipated he will be discharged from the care of the hospital on Tuesday 1 December.”
‘Greatest thing we brought to F1.’
When the F1 cars’ “halo” head protection device was introduced in 2018, it was criticized by fans and team members. However, Romain Grosjean said it would not be possible for you to speak today.
Designed to turn tires and debris off the driver’s head, this halo is a piece of titanium wrapped in carbon fibre. It is held in place by a single strap in front of the driver and two mounts on the rear chassis.
In a video message, Romain Grosjean said: “Hello everyone, just wanted to say I’m okay, well, sort of okay. Thank you very much for all the messages.
“I was not up for grabs a few years ago, but I think it’s the greatest thing we’ve ever brought to Formula 1. Without it, I would not be able to talk to you today.”
The FIA, the governing body of F1, is launching an investigation into the accident in Bahrain. “We look at it all and have a full investigation into the whole incident,” Romain Grosjean said. That’s what we can learn, “said Michael Masi, director of racing at Sky Sports F1.
The race was won by Lewis Hamilton, who claimed a record-extending 95th victory of his career having already wrapped up his seventh championship title earlier this season, ahead of the Red Bull pair of Max Verstappen and Alex Albon in second and third respectively.
‘Halo saved the day – and Romain’
Ross Brown, managing director of Formula 1 Motorsport, said there was no doubt that the chart had saved Romain Grosjean’s life.
“Barrier splitting was a classic issue many years ago and was usually fatal,” Brown told Sky Sports F1. “There is no doubt that this factor contributed to saving the day and saving Romain. All the team behind it needs respect to force it.”
Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton said in a Grand Prix and his post-race interview in Bahrain that the incident was a “stark reminder” of the dangers of F1.
“Naturally it was terrifying to see,” said the seven-time world champion. “I haven’t seen something like that for a long, long time and it really hits home for a driver because I think whilst we all are competing for each other and want to beat each other we definitely, I would think, want safety for everyone and worry about one another when there is an issue when there is a crash.
“So, I’m really grateful that he’s safe and was able to get out. But I think it’s a real stark reminder of just how dangerous this sport can be.”