Veteran F1 driver Romain Grosjean was lucky to survive one of the worst crashes in years after his Haas car burst into flame on the first lap of the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Grosjean’s Haas speared across the track and split completely in two after turn three on the opening lap at the Sakhir International Circuit in Bahrain, slamming into the barrier in a sickening incident.
A fireball erupted as fans feared the worst, only for stewards to leap to Grosjean’s rescue as the driver remarkably leapt from the flames in an unbelievable moment.
The race was immediately red-flagged. Grosjean was sent immediately to hospital (via helicopter) for tests over suspected broken ribs, as well as burns to his hands and feet.
Fellow drivers were in shock as the session took over an hour to restart – demolished barriers had to be replaced, and the shattered parts of Grosjean’s Haas had to be removed from track.
Grosjean was simply unlucky to have been involved in the crash. He had avoided a wayward Alfa Romeo on the extreme left edge of the track but appeared to have debris from another car strike his vehicle as he exited turn three. He shifted to the right of the track only to collide with a rival’s front wing and skewed across the track to slam into the barriers.