Formulation One driver Romain Grosjean appeared to flee with minor burns after his automobile crashed and burst into flames moments after the beginning of the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday.
The 34-year-old French driver slid off the observe on the primary lap and his Haas automobile burst into flames after being sliced in two by a barrier. Grosjean clambered out with the hearth roaring behind him and his race helmet singed.
Governing physique FIA mentioned Grosjean is secure and was taken by helicopter to a navy hospital.
“Romain is doing okay, I don’t need to make a medical remark however he had gentle burns on his palms and ankles,” Haas crew principal Guenther Steiner mentioned. “Clearly he’s shaken… I need to thank the rescue crews who’re very fast. The marshals and FIA folks they did an amazing job, it was scary.”
Grosjean was caught contained in the flaming wreck for practically 10 seconds earlier than by some means discovering a method out. Race footage confirmed security officers reaching the automobile instantly however with Grosjean nonetheless trapped inside. He managed to discover a method out and jumped by way of the flames and gripped the extraordinarily sizzling metallic barrier as he jumped over again onto the observe, shaking his palms in agony earlier than being helped by the stewards.
Moments later, Grosjean was proven on tv chatting with the race physician within the medical automobile.
Grosjean was then helped out of the automobile and into an ambulance. He seemed to be shaken however didn’t instantly appear injured aside from a slight limp.
Drivers and crew members stood and applauded as they noticed the photographs of Grosjean climbing over the barrier to security and being sprayed with a fireplace extinguisher.
Formulation One champion Lewis Hamilton expressed his reduction on Twitter whereas ready for the race to restart.
“I’m so grateful Romain is secure. Wow… the chance we take is not any joke, for these of you on the market that neglect that we put our life on the road for this sport and for what we like to do,” Hamilton wrote. “Grateful to the FIA for the huge strides we’ve taken for Romain to stroll away from that safely.”
It appeared a rare escape after Grosjean’s automobile was sliced in half upon impression with the barrier.
“I’ve by no means seen that a lot fireplace in 12 years. It took a short time to course of what was occurring however then Romain began to get out of the automobile himself, which was superb,” mentioned Alan van der Merwe, the driving force of the F1 medical automobile. “Every part labored hand in hand immediately: the halo, the limitations, the seat belt. With out one in every of issues it may’ve been a special consequence.”
The halo is a security machine that types a protecting ring across the drivers’ head. It was launched following the loss of life of French driver Jules Bianchi after he sustained huge head trauma on a rain-soaked observe on the Japan GP six years in the past and went headfirst right into a trackside crane. Two years in the past Charles Leclerc — Bianchi’s shut buddy — was possible saved severe harm or loss of life by the halo when one other automobile landed on prime of his on the Belgian GP.
The accident occurred when Grosjean misplaced grip and slid to the appropriate, the place his again wheel clipped the entrance of Daniil Kvyat’s Alpha-Tauri inflicting him to fly off into the barrier.
Grosjean’s teammate Kevin Magnussen seemed distressed when he noticed the footage as drivers waited within the paddock for the race to restart, whereas officers returned to the positioning of the crash to choose up particles littered across the destroyed automobile.
Officers labored rapidly to construct a makeshift crash barrier the place the previous one was destroyed.
The race restarted about 1 1/2 hours later with Formulation One champion Lewis Hamilton main, forward of Purple Bull’s Max Verstappen and Racing Level’s Sergio Perez.