Miraculous. Romain Grosjean came close to the worst in an impressive crash at the Bahrain GP on Sunday. Suffering from burns on the back of his hands, he appeared a few hours later with his hands bandaged on his hospital bed, in a video posted on the networks. he “continues his convalescence at Bahrain Defense Force hospital”, explains a press release from the American team Haas F1. “The treatment on the burns on the back of both hands is going well. (…) He is scheduled to be released from hospital care on Tuesday December 1”..
Sunday, during the Bahrain GP, the French driver left the track after contact with the Russian Daniil Kvyat (AlphaTauri), hitting the security barriers at 220 km / h. Under the impact, his car was cut in half, immediately causing an impressive fire. The 34-year-old driver finally managed to extricate himself from the cockpit of his F1. Helped by the driver of the GP medical car, Grosjean limped out of the flames, with only one boot on his feet.
“I had never seen so much flames and an impact like this (53 g according to the International Automobile Federation, against 0.4 g when taking off from an airliner and between 0.5 and 3.3 g when leaving a roller coaster, editor’s note) “, says Alan van der Merwe , who drives the medical car since 2009. The last fatal accident in the premier class is that of the French Jules Bianchi, collided with a crane during the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix. The French Formula 2 driver Anthoine Hubert lost his life in a crash with another single-seater at the 2019 Belgian GP.
Grosjean replaced for the next Grand Prix, what about Abu Dhabi?
If Romain Grosjean was able to get away with rather light injuries given the circumstances. Not sufficiently delivered it will nevertheless be forfeited “at least” for the second race on the Sakhir circuit next weekend. His team Haas named his replacement, the Brazilian Pietro fittipaldi. At 24, the grandson of the former legend Emerson Fittipaldi (F1 world champion in 1972 and 1974) will make his debut in the premier class. Fittipaldi has been a test driver for the American team since 2019, and is already present on site.
“The most important thing is that I am happy that Romain came out of it and in good healthé, reacted Pietro Fittipaldi, who would also run this season in the F3 Asian Championship. We are all very happy that his injuries were relatively minor after such an accident. Of course, these are not ideal circumstances to have my first opportunity to race in F1 but I am extremely grateful to Gene Haas (team boss), and Günther Steiner (Haas F1 manager) for their trust in getting me behind the wheel for this weekend.“”Once we decided that the best thing for Romain was that at least one race was missing, the choice of Pietro was rather easy.“assured Günther Steiner.
LThe Italian’s words still leave room for doubt as to the possibility of seeing Romain Grosjean again this season in his car. At the end of the contract, Grosjean was very likely to compete in his last Formula 1 Grand Prix in Bahrain, then in Abu Dhabi, for the last meeting of the season, from December 12 to 14. Canal +, through the voice of its journalist Julien Febreau, assured Sunday that Grosjean hoped after his accident to be able to take part in his last race, on the Yas Marina route, in Abu Dhabi.