The pictures are terrifying. French driver Romain Grosjean (Haas) suffered a terrifying accident on the first lap of the Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday, November 29. He miraculously escaped the fire in his car with only “Minor burns”.
Shortly after the start, Grosjean’s car came off the track following contact with one of the wheels of Russian Daniil Kvyat (AlphaTauri) and hit the safety barriers.
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“Romain is fine”
The chassis was cut in half and instantly caught fire. After almost thirty seconds in the midst of the flames, the 34-year-old pilot managed to extricate himself from the cockpit and get away from the blaze.
He suffers from “Minor burns to hands and ankles but is fine”, announced his team to the media. “He may have broken ribs, but he’s conscious, commented Günther Steiner, the director of the Haas team. I don’t have more details at the moment, but he’s fine. He will obviously be sent to the hospital. I think we were lucky. ”
The race thereafter was marred by a second incident, which saw the single-seater of Canadian Lance Stroll (Racing Point) land upside down after a collision. Stroll was hit by Russian Daniil Kvyat (AlphaTauri), already involved in the Grosjean crash. Its single-seater rolled over to stop with its wheels in the air, resting on its halo, the protective arch which overhangs the cockpit to protect the pilots’ heads.
The Canadian got out with the help of the F1 medical car staff and the race was neutralized by the safety car.