Grosjean survives horror crash at Bahrain Grand Prix

Sports Desk, Nov 29 (efe-epa).- Romain Grosjean survived a horror crash in the opening lap of the Bahrain Grand Prix Sunday when he veered off the circuit and smashed into the barriers just three turns into the race.

His Haas was engulfed in a ball of flames when it split in half on impact.

Grosejean miraculously made it out of the burning wreckage and clambered over what remained of the barrier on the right hand side of the circuit in Sakhir.

Just before the crash, he had steered right and clipped the front left wheel of Daniil Kvyat’s Alpha Tauri.

It was an immediate red flag incident and brought the race to a lengthy halt.

Haas team principal Guenther Steiner said the French-Swiss driver had some burns to his hands and ankles but that he seemed to be “doing good” otherwise.

“He got away with it,” he said.

“I want to thank the rescue crews, who were very quick. The marshals and the FIA people did a great job, it was very scary.”

Medical staff airlifted Grosjean to hospital in Manama for a full check-up.

The other drivers watched the replay of the incident in the pit lanes as workers cleared and repaired the crash site.

Lewis Hamilton, the winner of this year’s championship — his seventh — tweeted: “I’m so grateful Romain is safe. 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.

“Thankful to the FIA for the massive strides we’ve taken for Romain to walk away from that safely.”EFE-EPA


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