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Sport Grosjean returns to Bahrain track after horror crash as Leclerc says he feared the worst

01:15  04 december  2020
01:15  04 december  2020 Source:   performgroup.com

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Romain Grosjean has returned to the scene of his horror crash in Bahrain The Haas driver miraculously survived after his car hit a barrier at 140 mph And the Frenchman has returned to the track ahead of this weekend's race

Four days after his horror crash at the Bahrain Grand Prix, a heavily bandaged Romain Grosjean returned to the Bahrain International Circuit for an emotional encounter with the marshals Emotional return : Grosjean thanks the marshals and medical team that assisted him after horrific crash .

Romain Grosjean has returned to the scene of last week's frightening crash at the Bahrain Grand Prix, an incident which left Ferrari's Charles Leclerc fearing the worst.

a man standing in front of a window: Romain Grosjean returns to the scene of his crash at the Bahrain Grand Prix © Getty Images Romain Grosjean returns to the scene of his crash at the Bahrain Grand Prix

The Haas driver's car split in two and became engulfed in flames after making contact with Daniil Kvyat and crashing through a safety barrier at high speed.

He somehow escaped with only burns to his hands and was discharged from hospital on Wednesday.

Just four days on from the crash, Grosjean was welcomed back to the paddock with bandages on both of his hands and his left foot.

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Kevin Magnussen has said that the images of his Haas team mate Romain Grosjean extricating himself “His spirit is incredible after what he 's just been through. He 's very positive and reflective on the READ MORE: Race Director announces barrier where Grosjean crashed will have tyres added

Grosjean was greeted by FIA Medical Car driver Alan van der Merwe and FIA medical delegate Ian Roberts, who were the first on the scene and potentially saved the 34-year-old's life.

Another of those to witness the crash up close was Leclerc and the Ferrari driver is amazed Grosjean is still alive.

"I saw the crash in my mirrors, was aware straight away that it was extremely serious and I thought the worst straight away," Leclerc, whose godfather Jules Bianchi suffered fatal head injuries in the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix, told BBC Sport.

"I have to be honest, I didn't have much hope only watching it in the mirrors and I was extremely worried on the radio.

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Romain Grosjean says he "saw death coming" in his fiery crash in the Bahrain Grand Prix and Charles Leclerc says he was worrying and waiting for news on the wellbeing of Romain Grosjean Haas Formula 1 driver Romain Grosjean escaped one of the worst motorsports crashes we've seen

Bahrain International Circuit - Outer Track . Leclerc • Ferrari. His legs were massively messed up, but he was conscious and able to speak after the accident. Grosjean 's demonstration of his strong will to live against the face of death and his immediate action against overwhelming odds really inspires me

"Unfortunately, there was no news until I got back into the pits and got out of the car to finally know he was out, which I couldn't really believe, especially because coming into Turn 9, I saw the flames and the fire."

The horrifying crash has resulted in changes to some barriers for this coming weekend's Sakhir Grand Prix, which is taking place at the same circuit as the Bahrain Grand Prix, albeit with an altered layout.

No blame was apportioned to Kvyat for the collision, which was not investigated by stewards, but the Russian acknowledged it has been difficult to focus on racing again.

"I saw him making contact and there was not much I could do to avoid that," he said at Thursday's weekly media conference. "Of course I think in the first lap these things happen.

"I was first angry that I saw the car cut across like this. But then immediately I watched in my mirrors and I could see the fire, the explosion.

"It was a very strange emotion, strange feeling. I never saw something like this in all my racing career. To see this, like something you see only in the movies, was a bit shocking to be honest.

"I was a bit worried at first when I came in the pit lane, of course, about him. But then luckily they told me and they showed the footage of him being OK. I was relieved.

"But of course the image stays with you. It wasn't easy to get back in, to be honest. But it's my job so I just pressed the reset button and now go again."

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