Romain Grosjean safe and sound after a terrible Formula 1 accident

Romain Grosjean, in the midst of doctors and rescue teams

Romain Grosjean, in the midst of doctors and rescue teams, after his accident during the Bahrain Grand Prix, November 29, 2020. HAMAD I MOHAMMED / AFP

The French driver suffered a serious road accident at the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday, but managed to extricate himself from his burning car before being taken care of by the medical team.

The images are terrifying. French driver Romain Grosjean (Haas) suffered a terrible accident on the first lap of the Bahrain Formula 1 Grand Prix on Sunday 29 November. He miraculously escaped the fire in his car with only “minor burns”.

Shortly after the start, Grosjean’s car slipped off the track following contact with one of the wheels of Russian Daniil Kvyat (AlphaTauri) and hit the safety barriers.

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 move away from the blaze.

“Romain is fine”

The pilot suffered “minor burns to his hands and ankles but is fine,” his team told media. “He might have broken ribs, but he’s conscious,” said Günther Steiner, team manager for Haas. I don’t have more details yet, but he’s fine. He will obviously be sent to the hospital. I think we were lucky. ”

The subsequent race 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. His single-seater rolled over to stop with the wheels in the air, resting on his halo, the roll bar that 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 again provisionally neutralized by the safety car.

The drivers were still able to complete the 57 laps of the circuit. Already crowned world champion for the seventh time on Sunday November 15 in Turkey, Briton Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) won again, ahead of Red Bulls of Dutchman Max Verstappen and Thailand’s Alexander Albon. This is his 95th victory in Formula 1.

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