Updated November 30, 2020, 11:31 a.m.
- Romain Grosjean’s flame accident at the Bahrain GP shocked Formula 1.
- Grosjean is doing well, as he himself tells the world via Instagram.
- The cause of the fire in the car is still unclear, but what is certain is that various safety mechanisms prevented a disaster.
The flame pictures after the Formula 1 accident of Romain Grosjean went around the world. The French Haas driver survived one of Lewis Hamilton’s next Grand Prix win Fire crash only with burns on the back of the hand. He’s fine, he explained in a video that he shared on Instagram.
Formula 1 takes a deep breath because that Security mechanisms grabbed quickly. That is the lesson from the Bahrain Grand Prix. The root cause the accident on the first lap was a Driving error Grosjeans. This led to a massive Hit the guardrail. The car pierced them and tore in two. The one in front – including the driver – got stuck in the guardrail and caught fire immediately.
When were first rescuers Ian Roberts, Medical Rescue Coordinator of the World Automobile Federation Fia, and Alan van der Merwe, the driver of the medicine van, at the scene of the accident. “You could see that he was very shaky on his feet,” said Roberts after Grosjean got out of the flames after 27 seconds burning wreck had climbed.
These three factors saved Grosjean
The Haas pilot withdrew no breaks closed after crashing into the guardrail at around 220 km / h. As Roberts reported, the visor on Grosjean’s helmet melted as the flames blazed.
The Cockpitschutz “Halo”, the fireproof racing overall and the rapid intervention by rescue personnel made sure that there was no disaster in Sakhir. “I’m so happy that Romain is doing well. That outweighs all the preparation and sitting around for these 30 short seconds,” said van der Merwe about the effort.
Vettel: “It borders on a miracle”
Sebastian Vettel Like his colleagues, was also deeply relieved that Grosjean got off relatively lightly. “The most important thing is that he got out of the car,” said the Ferrari driver. It borders on wonder. “It’s good that the cars are safer than they used to be. The guardrail shouldn’t give way and the car shouldn’t catch fire that way.”
Formula 1 is now investigating the incident, Haas team boss Günther Steiner wants to get an idea of the condition of his pilot in the hospital. “We often forget how dangerous the sport is,” said Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff.
World Champion Lewis Hamilton also spoke after his eleventh win of the season that the accident was a “powerful reminder” of how dangerous Formula 1 could be. The motorsport premier class must continue in safety issues. “We mustn’t stop where we are,” demanded Hamilton. “We have to try to keep doing better. That is what makes this sport so great.” (dpa / ska)
Haas pilot Romain Grosjean gave his Instagram followers the all-clear. The Frenchman crashed into the guardrails shortly after the start of the Formula 1 race in Bahrain. © ProSiebenSat.1