Romain Grosjean’s automobile violently hit a barrier, break up in half and erupted in flames in the course of the first lap of System One’s Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday.
The race was halted and Grosjean, who miraculously made it out of his automobile with out life-threatening accidents, is at present being handled in a Manama hospital.
It is essentially the most critical accident within the sport in years.
The French Haas driver clipped Daniil Kvyat’s automobile early on within the race, and simply after the third nook, veered off the observe. Kvyat told Sky Sports that he was initially “offended” at Grosjean for turning into him, however his “thoughts modified instantly” when he noticed Grosjean’s automobile smash by means of the limitations, break in half and explode. About 18-20 seconds later, Grosjean emerged from the wreckage.
“Romain is doing okay, I do not wish to make a medical remark however he had mild burns on his palms and ankles,” Haas Crew Principal Guenther Steiner said in a statement. “Clearly he is shaken … I wish to thank the rescue crews who’re very fast. The marshals and FIA individuals, they did an excellent job, it was scary.”
System One’s governing physique, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile, mentioned Grosjean was instantly attended to by emergency and medical crews and remained aware always. He was flown to the Bahrain Defence Drive Hospital the place he’s at present being evaluated.
“In 12 years I’ve by no means seen that a lot hearth,” medical automobile driver Alan van der Merwe told Sky Sports. “Then Romain simply began to get out of the automobile himself, which is fairly wonderful after an incident like that. It simply goes to indicate all of the techniques, the halo, the limitations, the seat belt, all labored as they need to. With out even a kind of issues it might have been a really completely different end result.”
The curved bar that surrounds a driver’s head often known as a halo, which was doubtlessly instrumental in Grosjean’s survival, was solely added to all System One automobiles in 2018. There was some criticism concerning the extra security gear on the time, together with one driver who mentioned it destroys the “looks of the car” and followers who discovered it visually unappealing. However on Sunday, it appeared to have helped save Grosjean’s life, and it would not be the primary time it elevated security for drivers. Drivers Tadasuke Makino, Charles Leclerc and Alex Peroni have all credited the halo for probably saving their lives in separate crashes.
Seven-time world champion driver Lewis Hamilton, who went on to win Sunday’s Grand Prix, tweeted that he’s “grateful” for Grosjean’s security and reminded viewers that the chance drivers take is “no joke.” He mentioned he’s “grateful to the FIA for the large strides we have taken for Romain to stroll away from that safely.”