Formula 1: Romain Grosjean says he’s ‘sort of okay’ after surviving high-speed crash at Bahrain GP | World News


Formula 1 racing driver Romain Grosjean has said he is “sort of okay” after surviving a horror crash during the Bahrain Grand Prix.

The 34-year-old Frenchman escaped with minor burns after his car was sliced in half by a safety barrier and burst into flames on Sunday afternoon.

Speaking in a video on Instagram from his hospital bed some hours later, he informed fans he was on the mend.

“Hello everyone, just wanted to say I am okay, well… sort of okay.

“Thank you very much for the messages.”

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Romain Grosjean gave an update on Instagram saying: ‘I’m okay’

Grosjean added he “wasn’t for the halo some years ago”, but added that without it “I wouldn’t be here today”, referring to the driver crash-protection system used in open-wheel racing series.

Following the crash, he managed to leap out of the burning car up to 20 seconds after impact.

His Haas car slid off the track on the first lap and was ripped in two before it caught fire.

He clambered out with the fire roaring behind him and his race helmet singed, limping away to an ambulance.

BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN - NOVEMBER 29: Romain Grosjean of France and Haas F1 is pictured on a screen escaping his crash during the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit on November 29, 2020 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)
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Romain Grosjean managed to jump out of the burning car
TOPSHOT - Haas F1's French driver Romain Grosjean's car burns after crashing during the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix at the Bahrain International Circuit in the city of Sakhir on November 29, 2020. (Photo by KAMRAN JEBREILI / POOL / AFP) (Photo by KAMRAN JEBREILI/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
 BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN - NOVEMBER 29: A fire is pictured following the crash of Romain Grosjean of France and Haas F1 during the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit on November 29, 2020 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Kamran Jebreili - Pool/Getty Images)
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The vehicle ripped in two and burst into flames

His F1 team tweeted he “has some minor burns on his hands and ankles but otherwise he is ok”.

“He is with the doctors just now,” they added.

An FIA spokesman said the impact of Grosjean’s crash was measured at 53G.

Stewards and medics attend to Haas F1's French driver Romain Grosjean (C) after a crash at the start of the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix at the Bahrain International Circuit in the city of Sakhir on November 29, 2020. (Photo by HAMAD I MOHAMMED / POOL / AFP) (Photo by HAMAD I MOHAMMED/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
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Grosjean limped away from the car following the accident

Replays showed the driver leaping over the barriers and away from the flaming wreckage of his car before he was helped to a waiting ambulance.

TOPSHOT - Haas F1's French driver Romain Grosjean's car burns after crashing during the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix at the Bahrain International Circuit in the city of Sakhir on November 29, 2020. (Photo by KAMRAN JEBREILI / POOL / AFP) (Photo by KAMRAN JEBREILI/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Medics attend to Haas F1's French driver Romain Grosjean after the crash
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Medics attend to Haas F1’s French driver Romain Grosjean after the crash

The accident was triggered when Grosjean swerved across the front of Daniil Kvyat, making contact with his AlphaTauri.

Lewis Hamilton, who ended up winning the race and cruising to the 11th victory of his title-winning Formula 1 season, expressed his relief on Twitter while he was waiting for the race to restart.

He said he was “so grateful Romain is safe”.

“Wow… 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,” he added.

Wreckage of Haas F1's French driver Romain Grosjean's car is removed during the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix at the Bahrain International Circuit in the city of Sakhir on November 29, 2020. (Photo by HAMAD I MOHAMMED / POOL / AFP) (Photo by HAMAD I MOHAMMED/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
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Wreckage of Haas F1’s French driver Romain Grosjean’s car is removed

BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN - NOVEMBER 29: Romain Grosjean of France and Haas F1 is pictured being helped into an ambulance after a crash during the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit on November 29, 2020 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Rudy Carezzevoli/Getty Images)
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The 34-year-old has been taken to hospital

Haas team principal Guenther Steiner said: “Romain is doing okay, I don’t want to make a medical comment but he had light burns on his hands and ankles. Obviously he’s shaken… I want to thank the rescue crews who are very quick. The marshals and FIA people they did a great job, it was scary.”


BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN - NOVEMBER 29: A fire is pictured following the crash of Romain Grosjean of France and Haas F1 during the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit on November 29, 2020 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
Track marshals put out the fire
Stewards are pictured at the site of the crash

Sky Sports’ Karun Chandhok, a former racing driver, said: “It looks like when the car went through the barriers, the back of the chassis where the engine is mounted, the engine mount has snapped off and ripped off a bit of the chassis and that appears to have pierced the fuel bag.”

Haas F1's French driver Romain Grosjean (R) driving before the crash
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Haas F1’s French driver Romain Grosjean (R) driving before the crash

The accident temporarily halted the race on the opening lap. It restarted around an hour later following quick work to repair the significant damage to the trackside barriers.





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