Romain Grosjean suffered hand burns but miraculously avoided serious injury in a terrifying accident. His Haas car split in two and caught fire; Frenchman credits Halo device for saving his life and stayed in hospital overnight on Sunday.
Grosjean is being treated for burns. Fortunately, the Frenchman did not suffer any fractures when his vehicle crashed heavily swerving to the right on Sunday. His Haas car pierced the barrier at high-speed with a huge and frightening impact to red flag at the Grand Prix.
The accident was triggered when the Haas driver swerved across the front of Daniil Kvyat, making contact with his AlphaTauri.
Lewis Hamilton, who secured 11th victory of F1 2020 after converting pole despite the early red flag, tweeted that he was “so grateful Romain is safe”.
He added: “Wow… the risk we take is no joke, for those of you out there that forget that we put our life on the line for this sport and for what we love to do.”
Speaking for the first time from his hospital bed in a video posted on Sunday night, Grosjean said he was “okay… sort of okay”.
While flames engulfed the front half of his car, Grosjean incredibly emerged from his cockpit before being rescued by nearby marshals and medical officials.
Grosjean was taken to Bahrain’s Defence Force Hospital for further checks and the FIA said in a statement on Sunday night that he was being “treated for burns sustained on the back of both hands” and would remain in hospital overnight.
X-rays also showed he had sustained no fractures.
Haas released a further statement on Monday morning, claiming that treatment for the burns on both of Grosjean’s hands was “going well” and that team boss Guenther Steiner had visited him.
“It is anticipated he will be discharged from the car of the hospital on Tuesday, December 1st,” they added.
Reserve driver Pietro Fittipaldi will replace Grosjean at this weekend’s Sakhir GP.
— Haas F1 Team (@HaasF1Team) November 30, 2020
Appearing in good spirits as he posted an Instagram video from his hospital bed, the Frenchman thanked medical teams at both the circuit and the hospital. He credited the Halo head protection device, introduced to F1 in 2018, for allowing him to walk away from the accident.
Thank you to Medical Car driver Alan van der Merwe, the circuit medical team and marshals for their quick thinking and actions in getting to Romain so soon after the accident 🙏 pic.twitter.com/hkUChcweeq
— Haas F1 Team (@HaasF1Team) November 29, 2020
“I wasn’t for the Halo some years ago but I think it’s the greatest thing we brought for Formula 1, and without it I wouldn’t be able to speak to you today.
“Thanks to all the medical staff at the circuit and at the hospital and hopefully I can write to you quite soon some messages and tell you how it’s going.”