It was like a scene from an action film, completely unpublished and truly murderous except for a surprise escape in which Harry Houdini struggles to match.
Formula One driver Romain Grosjean was trapped in a burning car after slipping in half and fell into a fireball after crashing on the first lap of the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday.
As the flames spread across the desert night sky, Grosgen was inside a raging furnace for about 10–15 seconds.
Somehow, the quick-thinking Frenchman did not give in to panic.
Somehow, he was attractive enough to find a way.
Jumping into the flames like an action hero, he then caught a molten hot metal barrier in front of him and threw it onto the track.
Although safely shaken, it was enough to walk to the ambulance with the help of two medics.
“The Haas team said,” Romain has some minor burns to his hands and ankles, but otherwise he is fine. “The relief was huge for his distraught teammate Kevin Maguson and others watching from the paddock. The driver and other team members applauded spontaneously.
“I saw a lot of fire and thought that’s not a good thing,” said Max Verstappen of Red Bull. “Luckily he is fine and hopefully he will recover.”
The 34-year-old Grosjean was riddled with burning debris with his race helmet and fireproof race tunic as track marshals sprayed him with a fire extinguisher.
“I want to thank the rescue team, who are very fast,” said Guenther Steiner, the principal of the Haas team. “The work that Marshall and the FIA people did was terrifying.”
As Grosgen was transported by helicopter to a military hospital where he was being held overnight, drivers reacted to the panicked scene.
F1 champion Lewis Hamilton said, “Race car, cockpit. I don’t know which GS he pulled, but I’m very grateful.” “It shows that Formula One has done an amazing job, being able to walk away from anything the FIA has done.”
Pierre Galli, a countryman who drives to Alfatourie, was shocked.
“It was terrible, really scary. I had no idea that a Formula One car could break down like that,” Gasly said. “I text her to wish her a good recovery. I think she’s fine but a really scary thing.”
Hospital X-rays showed that Grosjean did not break even a bone, despite an estimated impact speed of 200 kilometers per hour (125 mph).
But had he not managed to wrestle for free, it would have been extremely difficult to get him out of the cockpit.
“I’ve never seen a lot of fire in 12 years. It took a little time to process but after what was going on, Romain started to get himself out of the car, which was amazing,” Alan van Der Merwe saw, F1 medical car. “Today everything has worked by hand: halo, barriers, seat belts. Without one of the things it can have a different outcome.”
The halo is a safety device that forms a protective ring around the drivers head. It was introduced six years ago at the Japan GP following the death of French driver Jules Bianchi after he sustained massive head trauma on a rain-soaked track and went headlong into a trackside crane. Two years earlier, Charles Lecler – a close friend of Bianchi’s – was presumably saved from serious injury or death when another car descended on him at the Belgian GP.
Hamilton and Verstappen were not initially fans of Halo. things have changed.
“I think Halo saved her life,” Verstappen said. “When it came to cars I was quite critical of it and it looked ugly. But you can’t say anything about safety because today it definitely saves Roman.”
Grosjean’s accident occurred when he slipped to the right and his rear wheel collided with the front of Daniel Kewat’s Altauri, causing Grosjean to fly into the barrier.
“If everyone is surprised, just imagine how his family’s sense (at the time) was,” Hamilton said. “The flames, the car broke in two and don’t know where the driver is, and he’s getting out of those flames. I can’t even imagine what that is.”
It reminded Hamilton of the painful experience of his junior karting days.
Hamilton said, “I saw a child dying the same day when I was nine years old. I won a race. So I have always been aware of the dangers and risks.” “I am also thinking of Roman. He has got a wife and children, that must be something he has to think about a lot. Because it is a privilege that we are able to do what we can, but there There is a lot and a lot to do. “