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Romain Grosjean’s miracle escape from fireball Haas crash at Bahrain GP

Romain Grosjean on his way to hospital with suspected broken ribs and minor burns but appears to have escaped serious injuries after ‘scary’ crash on first lap of Bahrain GP; Grosjean’s Haas car split in two and burst into flames

Last Updated: 29/11/20 3:28pm



Romain Grosjean’s miracle escape from fireball Haas crash at Bahrain GP








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Warning: Video shows Haas driver Romain Grosjean walking away from an inferno after a first-lap crash in the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Warning: Video shows Haas driver Romain Grosjean walking away from an inferno after a first-lap crash in the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Romain Grosjean has miraculously walked away from a huge first-lap crash at the Bahrain GP that saw his Haas car split in two and burst into flames.

Grosjean crashed heavily when swerving to the right of the straight after just two corners of Sunday’s race, with his Haas car piercing the barrier at high-speed with a huge and frightening impact to red flag the Grand Prix.

The Frenchman, incredibly, emerged from his cockpit before being rescued by nearby marshals and medical officials – while flames engulfed the front half of his car.

He is now on his way to hospital with suspected broken ribs and has minor burns to his hands and ankles, but seems to have avoided serious injury.

“That’s a miracle,” said Sky F1’s Martin Brundle after the crash.

Romain Grosjean’s miracle escape from fireball Haas crash at Bahrain GP

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Replays of the incident and aftermath involving Romain Grosjean on the first lap of the Bahrain GP. Warning: Contains footage of Grosjean escaping his car after it went up in flames.

Replays of the incident and aftermath involving Romain Grosjean on the first lap of the Bahrain GP. Warning: Contains footage of Grosjean escaping his car after it went up in flames.

“It pierced the barriers like a can opener. They’re constantly trying to improve the structural stability of the chassis and that’s just saved his life. That is extraordinary.

“He survived the impact, and the fire.”

The front half of Grosjean’s car was wedged into the barriers, which were repaired ahead of the race restart. Damon Hill added: “It certainly looked like the Halo has saved worse injury there.”

Drivers gathered in the pit-lane and they, and team members, appeared shaken when looking at footage of Grosjean’s crash. Haas boss Gunther Steiner was thankful for the speedy help from those nearby.

“He seems to be OK,” he said. “I want to thank the rescue crews, they were there very quick – the marshals and the FIA people they did a great job.

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Warning: Video shows Romain Grosjean walking away from an inferno after first lap crash in the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Warning: Video shows Romain Grosjean walking away from an inferno after first lap crash in the Bahrain Grand Prix.

“It was scary. He got away with it, I think.”

Alan van der Merwe, the driver of the FIA’s medical car, and one of the first people to arrive at the scene of Grosjean’s spoke about what he experienced:

“It was a big surprise. I have never seen that much fire in 12 years.

Romain Grosjean’s miracle escape from fireball Haas crash at Bahrain GP

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Haas boss Gunther Steiner on Romain Grosjean’s ‘scary’ Bahrain crash.

Haas boss Gunther Steiner on Romain Grosjean’s ‘scary’ Bahrain crash.

“Romain got out of the car himself, which is pretty amazing after an accident like that.

“All the systems we have worked to develop, everything worked hand-in-hand: the halo, the barriers, the seat-belt. Everything worked. Without just one of those things working, it could have been a very different outcome.”

An FIA spokesman said the impact of Grosjean’s crash was measured at 53G.

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Alan van der Merwe, the driver of the FIA’s medical car says it was a big surprise, and has never seen that much fire in 12 years on the job.

Alan van der Merwe, the driver of the FIA’s medical car says it was a big surprise, and has never seen that much fire in 12 years on the job.

The accident was triggered when the Haas driver swerved across the front of Daniil Kvyat, making contact with his AlphaTauri.

Lewis Hamilton, who is aiming for his 11th victory of F1 2020 and was first when the race was red-flagged, tweeted that he was “so grateful Romain is safe”.

He added: “Wow… the risk we take is no joke, for those of you out there that forget that we put our life on the line for this sport and for what we love to do.”

More to follow.




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