Romain Grosjean has said he’s ‘okay’ in a reassuring Instagram video after his horrifying crash on the first lap of the Bahrain Grand Prix.
French Formula One driver, Romain Grosjean, was in everyone’s thoughts on Sunday, November 29th after a terrifying crash on the opening lap of the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix.
Grosjean’s car was sent careering off the circuit at high speed and on impact with the barriers, it burst into flames which engulfed the French driver for almost 30 seconds as he clambered free of the wreckage.
The 34-year-old was taken to hospital after miraculously only suffering burns to his hands.
The Haas driver has since taken to Instagram to post a reassuring message of thanks to the marshals and medical crews who were on hand.
Grosjean involved in horror crash
After a poor qualifying at the Bahrain Grand Prix, which saw him start in 19th place, Romain Grosjean was in a fighting mood as he looked to scythe his way through the field on lap 1.
However, a high-speed collision with Alpha Tauri’s Daniil Kyvat saw Grosjean careering off towards the barrier on the exit of turn 3.
Fans watching on were greeted with the horrifying sight of a huge explosion as Grosjean’s car collided with the Armco barriers and was torn in half by the force of the impact.
The front end of Grosjean’s car became embedded in the barrier with the Halo head-protection device undoubtedly saving his life.
Trackside marshals and the F1 medical car were quickly on the scene and after almost 30 seconds in the flaming wreckage, Grosjean was able to pull himself free and was greeted by the medical car team of Dr Ian Roberts and Alan van der Merwe.
Grosjean ‘okay’ in reassuring Instagram message
Several hours after the crash, Romain Grosjean posted a reassuring message to his social media pages, including Instagram, thanking the marshals and medical team who were on-hand after the accident as well as fans who had been sending in messages of support.
The French driver said: “I’m okay,” before drawing attention to his bandaged hands, joking, “well, sort of okay.”
Grosjean then turned his attention to the Halo head-protection device, saying: “I wasn’t [here] for the Halo some years ago but I think it’s the greatest thing we’ve brought to Formula One and without it I wouldn’t be able to speak to you today.”
Romain Grosjean was taken to the Bahrain Defence Force Hospital for assessment following the crash and Haas F1 Team confirmed that he would remain in hospital overnight for treatment after he miraculously only suffered burns to his hands, which can be seen in bandages in the video he posted to social media.
Fans and drivers send messages of support
It’s safe to say that the world was wishing Romain Grosjean well following his terrifying crash and countless messages of support were sent to the French driver on social media from both fans and fellow drivers.
Romain Grosjean’s Haas teammate, Kevin Magnussen wrote:
While fellow French driver, Pierre Gasly, posted:
And finally, Lewis Hamilton paid tribute to the never-ending work to make Formula One a safer sport:
Two races remain in the 2020 F1 season.