Romain Grosjean suffered one of the most dramatic accidents of modern Formula One history at the start of the Bahrain Grand Prix – but he miraculously survived.
The Frenchman’s Haas hit the wall at 53G and burst into a ball of flames, splitting his chassis in half and, astonishingly, sending him through the barriers. TV cameras cut away and the race was stopped.
Fears for his safety were palpable in the Sakhir circuit, sparsely populated because of Covid but suddenly heaving a collective sigh of apprehension.
Haas’ Romain Grosjean has suffered one of the most dramatic accidents in modern F1 history
The Frenchman’s car hit the wall at 53G and promptly burst into flames in sickening fashion
The remains of Grosjean’s car, which broke into two after the crash, was cleared from the track
But Grosjean, 34, was then seen in the medical car before being taken away to the medical centre.
He was helped into an ambulance by marshals and limped as he did so. He suffered minor burns to his hands and ankles. It is also suspected that Grosjean has sustained broken ribs.
It is unusual for a Formula One car to self-combust and it remains unclear precisely what happened – though he collided with Daniil Kvyat before hurtling off at the third corner of the first lap.
Grosjean was mercifully able to clamber out of the car and was helped into an ambulance
Grosjean, who was taken to the medical centre, suffered minor burns and also broken ribs
TV images showed the car on fire as marshals and emergency services flocked to the scene
TV replays later showed him scrambling out of the car as marshals sprayed the scene to douse the flames.
It was a remarkable accident and part of his car penetrated the barrier and a stray wheel jumped over the wall.
Having travelled through the barriers, he climbed to safety by hurdling the wall and returning on the trackside.