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Romain Grosjean had long bandages on his hands, but they are now off
The left hand in particular was severely affected, as documented by photos published in January.
But Grosjean has no choice: he has decided to continue his motorsport career and will compete in the US IndyCar series in 2021. That’s why he has to face the handache, over and over again. “I move my fingers three thousand times a day because that’s the only way to get my mobility back,” he explains.
Why Grosjean wanted the painkillers away
However, Grosjean speaks of “a terrible feeling when I try to move my fingers”. That is “painful”, especially since he stopped taking painkillers weeks ago, “because I had enough of them,” he says. “I didn’t want to take it any longer. To no longer have to rely on the medicine, that was a big psychological step for me.”
However, he cannot do anything about the accident images that constantly come to mind. Even more: the longer ago the crash happened, the more multifaceted the accident becomes in Grosjean’s memory, which he himself describes as “already crazy”.
The fire is everywhere. Just everywhere. My brain seems to have suppressed this information according to the motto: What does it change? Nothing immediately. “
Grosjean describes the acoustics in a fire accident
He experienced something similar with the noise of the accident. At first he did not remember the noises that occurred during his Formula 1 crash. “Two weeks after the accident, however, I suddenly heard the noise of the fire in my ears again,” says Grosjean.
The air as it flows into the car is similar to that in a fire.”
He also had the smell of burning carbon fiber “only recently”, stresses Grosjean. “Suddenly it was there again. That only happened in retrospect. It was not important at the time of the accident [für den Körper].”
“What does it matter whether I smell the carbon fiber fire or not? My brain has taken in all this information, but only saved it,” says Grosjean. “That information only came up recently.” And they will probably keep Grosjean busy for a long time to come.