Romain Grosjean’s car fireballs and tears in two during F1 horror smash


Romain Grosjean miraculously walked away from a horror crash that saw his car torn in half during the early stages of Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix.

The 34-year-old Frenchman’s Haas went up in flames after skidding off the track and smashing into a safety barrier.

Grosjean veered off the track after just three corners, hitting the barriers with an impact registering at 53G.

TV cameras immediately cut away from the incident as the race was immediately halted by the red flag.

However, amazingly, Grosjean somehow emerged relatively unscathed, helped by race stewards and staff.

Replays have since showed Grosjean frantically leaping out of his fireball inferno with the aid of a medic.

Stewards and medics attend to Haas F1’s French driver Romain Grosjean

He returned back to the paddock in a medical vehicle, before gingerly walking to an ambulance for tests.

Haas confirmed that Grosjean suffered minor burns on his hands and ankles but was OK as he was checked out by Doctors, before being taken to hospital.

“Romain is doing okay, I don’t want to make a medical comment but he had light burns on his hands and ankles,” said Haas team principal Gunther Steiner.

“Obviously he’s shaken… I want to thank the rescue crews who are very quick.

“The marshals and FIA people they did a great job, it was scary.”

BBC Radio Five Live’s F1 reporter reporter Jennie Gow reports that Grosjean has suffered suspected broken ribs.

Somehow Grosjean emerged unscathed

Stewards recover Haas F1’s French driver Romain Grosjean’s car

Stewards recovered Grosjean’s Haas from the wreckage, with the vehicle split in two.

It sliced in half on impact, with one part of the car going through the other side of the barrier, making his escape, relatively unharmed, even more remarkable.

Further replays showed that Grosjean moved to the right of the track, before clipping the front-left wheel of Daniil Kvyat’s AlphaTauri before crashing head on into the barriers.

There will be question marks as to how Grosjean’s car managed to penetrate a steel barrier and even if the race will resume.


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