During the first lap of the Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix, driver Romain Grosjean saw his Haas car split completely in half with the cut fuel cells causing an explosion resulting in Grosjean being set on fire. Fortunately, Grosjean escaped the fire without suffering any severe injuries with the exception of minor burns to the back of his hands.
Following the French driver’s crash, a video of Grosjean was posted by the Haas F1 team via Twitter. The driver was seated in a hospital bed as he explained that the incident has changed his perspective on the halo protection system, which has drawn criticisms from both fans and drivers but turned out to be the thing that saved his life “I wasn’t for the halo some years ago but I think it’s the greatest thing we brought to Formula 1 and without it I wouldn’t be able to speak to you today,” said Grosjean. “Thanks to all the medical staff at the circuit, at the hospital, and hopefully I can soon write you quite some messages and tell you how it’s going.”
An update from Romain himself. Pleased to see you’re in good spirits! We hope you make a speedy recovery 🙏 pic.twitter.com/njnjjH4GBi
— Haas F1 Team (@HaasF1Team) November 29, 2020
Many other drivers also made statements via social media wishing the bst for Grosjan ad to express their views on the dangers of the sport. Sergio Perez of Racing Point had this to say: “After what happened today, you really put everything into perspective,” he wrote. “For me, one podium more, one podium less. It doesn’t matter. The most important thing of the day is that [Grosjean] is with us!”
British racer George Russell also made a statement saying: “Solid performance out there for us tonight, but what matters most is that Romain walked away from that accident,” he said. “A big thank you to everybody who works so hard to make sure that’s the case, week in, week out. Any debate over the halo ends tonight.”
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