F1 driver escapes horrific crash at Bahrain Grand Prix

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“(Romain) is stable and being taken by helicopter to the MDF MC Military Hospital for further evaluation,” the sport’s governing FIA said. 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. Brynn Lennon / AP

The race footage showed safety officials reaching the car immediately but with Grosjean still trapped inside. Thankful to the FIA for the massive strides we’ve taken for Romain to walk away from that safely https://t.co/dG8AXmsbKN— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) November 29, 2020

“The risk we take is no joke for those of you out there that forget we put our life on the line for this sport and love what we do,” Hamilton wrote.  The accident happened when Grosjean lost grip and slid to the right, where his back wheel clipped the front of Daniil Kvyat’s Alpha-Tauri and he flew off into the barrier. Lewis Hamilton, who earlier this month won a record-tying seventh world championship, posted to Twitter after the crash, saying: “I’m so grateful Romain is safe. A part of Haas driver Romain Grosjean’s car is taken after the crash at the start of the Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix in Sakhir, Bahrain, Sunday, Nov. He appeared to be shaken but did not immediately seem injured other than a slight limp. The 34-year-old French driver managed to escape after he slid off track on the first lap and his Haas car burst into flames after being sliced in two by a barrier. 
Still shaking watching these replays of Romain Grosjean’s crash. pic.twitter.com/YwMF3bKlP4— Nick Bromberg (@NickBromberg) November 29, 2020

The halo is a safety device that forms a protective ring around the drivers’ head. He was stuck inside the flaming wreck for nearly 10 seconds before somehow finding a way out. It took a little while to process what was going on but then Romain started to get out of the car himself, which was amazing,” said Alan van der Merwe, the driver of the F1 medical car. Wow…”
I’m so grateful Romain is safe. Without one of things it could’ve been a different outcome.” 
Romain Grosjean was on the other side of the wall after half of his car went through the steel barrier.Thank God for the halo. Romain Grosjean walks away from the crash scene with the help of medical officers after crashing out of the Bahrain Grand Prix, Sakhir, Bahrain on November 29, 2020. 29, 2020. HAMAD I MOHAMMED via Reuters

Grosjean was then helped out of the car and into an ambulance. Staff extinguish flames from Haas driver Romain Grosjean of France’s car after a crash during the Formula One race in Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain, Sunday, Nov. He managed to find a way out and jumped through the flames and gripped the boiling hot metal barrier as he jumped over back onto the track, shaking his hands in agony before being helped by the stewards. Wow… Thank you to everyone at the track who instantly jumped into action to help. “Everything worked hand in hand today: the halo, the barriers, the seat belt. “This is a reminder to us all. #BahrainGP red flagged as Romain Grosjean escapes big crash on Lap 1 #F1— Formula 1 (@F1) November 29, 2020

Grosjean’s teammate Kevin Magnussen looked distressed when he saw the footage as drivers waited in the paddock for the race to restart, while officials returned to the site of the crash to pick up debris littered around the destroyed car. Moments later, Grosjean was shown on television talking with the race doctor in the medical car. It was introduced following the death of French driver Jules Bianchi  after he sustained massive head trauma on a rain-soaked track at the Japan GP six years ago and went headfirst into a trackside crane. @HaasF1Team @RGrosjean #Formula1 #f1 #BahrainGP pic.twitter.com/RBVe2QdznX— Kyle (@realcommonking) November 29, 2020

Grosjean clambered out with the fire roaring behind him and his race helmet singed. Two years ago Charles Leclerc – Bianchi’s close friend – was likely saved serious injury or death by the halo when another car landed on top  of his at the Belgian GP. F1 driver Romain Grosjean escapes after car crashes, splits in half and bursts into flames at Bahrain Grand Prix

November 29, 2020 / 11:21 AM
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Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton on his win

Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton on his win

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Formula One driver Romain Grosjean was injured after his car crashed and burst into flames moments after the start of the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday. Thank god (the Halo and @F1 @fia technology) that he is alive right now. Thankful to the FIA for the massive strides we’ve taken for Romain to walk away from that safely.”
First published on November 29, 2020 / 11:21 AM A spokesman for Grosjean’s Haas team said the driver had suffered minor burns on his hands and ankles and had one or more suspected broken ribs, Reuters reported. Trending News

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Drivers and team members stood and applauded as they saw the images of Grosjean climbing over the barrier to safety and being sprayed with a fire extinguisher.It appeared an extraordinary escape after his car was sliced in half upon impact with the barrier.