30 Nov Romain Grosjean’s miracle escape from fireball Haas crash at Bahrain GP
Romain Grosjean experiences handburns but miraculously escapes permanent injuries in a frightening crash when his Haas car broke in two and caught fire; Frenchman thanks Halo with saving his life and remained in the hospital overnight on Sunday; Haas hopes for a hospital release on Tuesday.
Romain Grosjean is being treated for injuries to his hands and will stay overnight in the hospital after miraculously walking away from a major first-lap collision at the Bahrain GP that saw his Haas car break in two and burst into flames.
The Frenchman, who had not sustained any injuries, crashed severely when he swung to the right of the straight after just two corners of Sunday’s rally, with his Haas car piercing the high-speed barrier with a massive and terrifying effect on the red flag of the Grand Prix.
Speaking for the first time from his hospital bed in a video posted on Sunday night, Grosjean said he was “okay… sort of okay”.
Grosjean incredibly, emerged from his cockpit before being rescued by nearby marshals and medical officials – while flames engulfed the front half of his car.
Sustaining only minor suspected injuries, Grosjean was taken to Bahrain’s Defence Force Hospital for further checks and the FIA said in a statement on Sunday night that he was being “treated for burns sustained on the back of both hands” and would remain in hospital overnight.
X-rays also showed he had sustained no fractures.
Haas released a further statement on Monday morning, claiming that treatment for the burns on both of Grosjean’s hands was “going well” and that team boss Guenther Steiner had visited him.
“It is anticipated he will be discharged from the car of the hospital on Tuesday, December 1st,” they added.
Reserve driver Pietro Fittipaldi will replace Grosjean at this weekend’s Sakhir GP.
The FIA is launching an investigation into what happened in the accident.
“We will look at it all and undertake a full investigation of the whole incident, and what we can learn,” said race director Michael Masi to Sky Sports F1. – Adapted from Sky Sports