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Sport Grosjean's fiery escape offers vindication and lessons for Formula One

19:15  30 november  2020
19:15  30 november  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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As Grosjean was taken by helicopter to a military hospital, where he was being kept overnight, drivers reacted to the jarring scene. I had no idea a Formula One car could break that way," Gasly said. "I have texted him to wish him a good recovery. I think he is fine but a really scary thing."

Romain Grosjean somehow escaped from the most horrifying Formula 1 accident for six years with burns to the back of his hands - and the sport is still reeling from the shock of the incident and the amazement that it was not so much worse.

By Abhishek Takle

a train on a track with smoke coming out of it: FILE PHOTO: Bahrain Grand Prix © Reuters/KAMRAN JEBREILI FILE PHOTO: Bahrain Grand Prix

MANAMA (Reuters) - Romain Grosjean’s miraculous escape from a fiery crash in the Bahrain Grand Prix was testament to Formula One’s improved safety standards but it also emphasised why the sport cannot relent in its never-ending quest to reduce racing fatalities.

The Frenchman, who is set to be discharged from hospital on Tuesday, limped away from his Haas with little more than burns to his hands and not a broken bone in his body.

But the car, ripped in half by the 53G impact, broke through the protective safety barrier lining the floodlit Sakhir track and burst into flames, in images evocative of a more dangerous era for Formula One.

Grosjean in the fire: waiting time "felt like an eternity"

 Grosjean in the fire: waiting time © Motorsport Images The medical car crew could only watch Grosjean break free. A fireball and no driver in sight. A two-part car. Anxious waiting for a sign of life from the fire hell. Romain Grosjean's accident at the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix brought back memories of times in Formula 1 ( in the live ticker! ) that were actually thought to be a thing of the past. Alan van der Merwe, the driver of the medical car in Formula 1, experienced the horror up close.

French race car driver Romain Grosjean escaped a horrific, fiery crash at high speed during the Bahrain Grand Prix Sunday, according to stunning The Formula One driver was zooming at 140 mph during his first lap, when he lost control and smashed into a barrier — causing the vehicle to burst into

Romain Grosjean escapes Formula 1 fireball in Bahrain. F1 driver Romain Grosjean has incredibly walked away from a fiery crash at the Bahrain Grand Prix with just minor burns to his hands Romain Grosjean ' s Formula One car burned fiercely after crashing through a barrier on lap one in Bahrain.

"The guardrail is not supposed to fail like that," Ferrari’s four-times champion Sebastian Vettel, who like Grosjean is a director of drivers’ body the GPDA told Sky Sports F1.

"It’s good that the cars are safer than they used to be in the past but the guardrail shouldn’t fail and the car shouldn’t catch fire in that fashion.

"I don't know what happened there. I think it’s difficult to say at this stage. The main thing is obviously that he got out.”

Formula One has improved safety hugely and fatalities, once common, are now rare.


Video: F1 driver’s ‘miracle’ escape from fiery crash (Reuters)

The death last year of Formula Two racer Anthoine Hubert at the Belgian Grand Prix was the first driver fatality at a Formula One race weekend since Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger were killed at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.

Sebastian Vettel worried: Guardrails shouldn't break like that!

 Sebastian Vettel worried: Guardrails shouldn't break like that! Sebastian Vettel is worried how the guardrail was so damaged and how Grosjean's car could go up in flames - Answer from race director Masi That Romain Grosjean's car broke through the guardrail in his accident in Bahrain is worrying for Sebastian Vettel : "To be honest, I don't know how, but that way the guardrail shouldn't break," said the four-time world champion after the race in Sachir. "The most important thing is that he got out of there." "It's good that the cars are safer today than the

Formula one driver Romain Grosjean is counting his blessings after his 'miracle' escape from the fiery wreckage of his car over the weekend. His Haas car slammed into the barriers of the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix then ripped in half before exploding.

Romain Grosjean emerges from car after a crash during the Formula One race in Bahrain It appeared an extraordinary escape after Grosjean ’ s car was sliced in half upon impact with the The race restarted about 1 ¹/₂ hours later with Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton leading, ahead of

Jules Bianchi suffered serious head injuries in a crash at the Japanese Grand Prix in October 2014, dying from them in July the following year.

Formula One, in 2018, introduced the halo cockpit protection device to protect drivers’ heads from large pieces of flying debris such as loose wheels.

On Sunday it was universally credited, including by Grosjean who was initially against its introduction, with saving his life.

The Frenchman, a father of three who is out of a drive and set to leave Formula One next year, was also protected by a new specification of fireproof overalls introduced this year which keep drivers safe for longer.

Still, with motorsport inherently dangerous, there is always more to learn.

The governing FIA said it would launch a complete investigation, which could take "weeks, if not months," into the accident.

It will include a look at why the barrier split and the car caught fire.

"That process… will continue," said the governing body’s Formula One race director Michael Masi.

"You learn each and every time, something small, something large. But the process of learning is ongoing."

(Reporting by Abhishek Takle; editing by Ed Osmond)

Romain Grosjean survived a horrifying crash thanks to technology he didn’t believe in .
Grosjean didn’t believe in F1’s ‘halo,’ until it saved his lifeSurviving a crash like this, and its fiery aftermath seems impossible, but it’s a testament to the wide array of safety measures in modern Formula One cars. Grosjean sustained second degree burns to his hands and feet, but otherwise was completely unharmed. The driver will remain in hospital Monday for monitoring, but is expected to be released Tuesday.

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