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Romain Grosjean: Haas driver suffers burns after huge Bahrain GP crash and fire

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Marshals try to put out the flames on Grosjean's car
Grosjean walked away from the terrifying crash at the start of the Bahrain Grand Prix

Romain Grosjean has been taken to hospital with minor burns and injuries after a terrifying, fiery accident at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

The Frenchman’s Haas pierced the barrier, split in two and burst into flames on the first lap of the race, which was stopped.

Grosjean’s car was embedded in the barrier on its side and the driver appears to have been saved by the halo head-protection device.

He has suspected broken ribs and minor burns to his feet.

“It’s a miracle that he’s alive,” said 1996 world champion Briton Damon Hill, who was Ayrton Senna’s team-mate at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix when the Brazilian three-time champion was killed.

Medical car driver Alan van der Merwe said: “It was a big surprise for us as well, we’ve never seen that much fire in 12 years.

“Romain started to get out of the car himself which was pretty amazing after an accident like that. It was a relief to see he was OK.”

Romain Grosjean's car on fire
Grosjean’s Haas car clipped the Alpha Tauri of Daniil Kvyat before spearing into the barrier
Grosjean crash
The car immediately burst into flames
Grosjean crash
Grosjean’s monocoque broke away and separated from the car’s chassis
Grosjean crash
The Frenchman was taken to the medical centre after clambering from the wreckage
Romain Grosjean
Grosjean was trapped in the cockpit, which was embedded in the barrier inside a ball of flames
Grosjean
Grosjean managed to undo his seatbelts and pull himself through halo head protection and twisted metal of the barrier after about 20 seconds

‘It shouldn’t have failed like that’ – what the drivers said

Sebastian Vettel: “I haven’t looked at the images a lot, mainly because I didn’t want to, but a grand prix car and barrier are not supposed to fail like that. It shouldn’t fail and the car shouldn’t catch fire in that fashion, so I don’t know what happened there.”

Daniil Kvyat: “At first I was angry that he had turned across me in the way he did, but that changed as soon as I saw the flames and what happened in my mirrors. I was really worried. It was a scary moment. I was hoping he was OK.”

Pierre Gasly: “It was horrible, when I saw the images I was shocked. It was really scary but I had no idea a Formula 1 car could break that way.”

Lewis Hamilton: “It was such a shocking image to see. When I get in the car I know I am taking risks. I respect the dangers that are in this sport. I posted about it [on Twitter] during the break because it is horrifying. The car, the cockpit. I don’t know what Gs he pulled but I’m just so grateful the halo worked.”

Max Verstappen: “It was scary. We saw a red flag, which doesn’t mean it’s immediately a bad thing. I saw a lot of fire and thought that is not a good thing. Luckily he is OK and hopefully he will recover.”





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