Romain Grosjean’s accident shook the formula. © APA / afp / BRYN LENNON
Romain Grosjean’s fire accident shocked Formula 1. Afterwards there were heated discussions.
30. November 2020
Formula 1 sports director Ross Brawn has announced a comprehensive review. “A lot of research will be done between now and the next race. I am sure that we will then act accordingly, ”said the Briton after the Haas driver’s crash in Bahrain on Sunday.
Shortly after the start, Grosjean crashed into the guardrail. His car broke in two and the driver was able to free himself from the wreck that had gone up in flames. Brawn was mainly concerned with the question of how the monocoque could dig itself into the guardrail and the car caught fire.
“The halo saved his life today”
“The halo saved his life today,” he said over the ring-shaped stirrup. This titanium device, which is stretched over the driver’s head and fixed in the middle, has been mandatory in Formula 1 since 2018. Halo is English and translated means halo.
This is what Romain Grosjean’s Haas bolide looked like after the inferno. © APA / afp / TOLGA BOZOGLU
The South Tyrolean team boss from Haas, Günter Steiner, told the TV broadcaster Sky on Sunday evening that Grosjean was in her right mind after a joint phone call. When asked whether the halo had saved his protégé’s life, Steiner replied: “It certainly helped. We can no longer imagine it without it. You can’t do enough for safety. “
Grosjean speaks up
Grosjean then posted a video message on social media with his hands heavily bandaged from his hospital bed and thanked everyone who had sent him messages. “I wasn’t for the Halo a few years ago, but it’s the greatest thing in Formula One,” he said. He was okay and his hands were burned, but not life-threatening. He stayed the night in the hospital in Manama.
Romain Grosjean was lucky in misfortune. © APA / afp / MLADEN ANTONOV
As is well known, the halo caused discussions in the past because, among other things, it did not contribute to the attractiveness of a Formula 1 car. These debates are now a thing of the past.
Involved Kvjat shocked
Alpha Tauri pilot Daniil Kwjat was even directly involved in the development of this accident: Shortly before, Grosjean had steered from left to right across the route and collided with the AlphaTauri from Kwjat, therefore went off the lane and hit it shortly afterwards. “That was a scary moment,” said Daniil Kwjat. In the first moment after the contact, he only had one thought, Kwjat admitted: “At first I was very angry because he moved over the top. I wondered what he was doing. “
“I am grateful that the guardrail did not behead him”
But then he saw the inferno in the rearview mirror. “My thoughts turned immediately,” says Kvjat. “I was just hoping he would be fine.” Lewis Hamilton followed suit. After his victory, he said he had only one thought: “I am so grateful that Romain is safe,” said Hamilton, who once again emphasized the dangers of the sport: “We risk our lives for what we love. I am grateful that the guardrail did not behead him. It could have turned out so much worse. “
“I haven’t seen anything like it in 12 years”
Formula 1 doctor Ian Roberts
The first to arrive at the scene of the accident were Formula 1 doctor Ian Roberts and the driver of the medical car, Alan van der Merwe. “I haven’t seen anything like it in 12 years,” said Van der Merwe on TV. “I have never witnessed such an impact. So it took us a few moments to understand what happened there. It felt like an eternity. “Van der Merwe was convinced that the current safety standard in Formula 1 had spared Grosjean from serious injuries or even saved his life. Halo, guardrail and belts, everything apparently worked fine.
Comparison with Niki Lauda’s accident
Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff was thoughtful. “I don’t want to think about how this accident would have ended a few years ago,” said the Austrian. The accident is comparable to that of Niki Lauda at the Nürburgring. Lauda’s car was also torn in two at the time.