Romain Grosjean Thanks the ‘Greatest Thing Brought to F1’ For Saving His Life in Scary Bahrain GP Crash

Published 11/30/2020, 12:56 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit, Portimao, Portugal – Haas’ Romain Grosjean during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

In what will come as encouragement and relief to all F1 fans, Haas F1 driver Romain Grosjean offered an update from his hospital bed. He looked in relatively cheery spirits, as he delivered a brief message to all the people thanking them for their support.

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Grosjean said, “Hello everyone, just wanted to say I’m okay, well, sort of okay. Thank you very much for all the messages.”

The 34-year-old Frenchman was also quite thankful to the ‘halo’ device that has been installed in all F1 cars after the 2018 season. Grosjean made particular note of it and emphasized on the same during his message.

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Romain Grosjean is hoping to write some messages soon

The Haas driver added and said, “I wasn’t for the halo some years ago but I think it’s the greatest thing we brought to Formula 1 and without it I wouldn’t be able to speak to you today.”

“Thanks to all the medical staff at the circuit, at the hospital, and hopefully I can soon write you quite some messages and tell you how it’s going,” concluded Grosjean.

Ever since the 2018 season, the FIA has made it mandatory to have the halo system installed in every Formula 1 car. The halo is a safety device, a titanium ring attached to the top of the vehicle.

The main objective has been to ensure that the risk of an injury to a driver is much lesser than before. Going by yesterday’s incident, other F1 drivers also made it a point to appreciate the safety setup.

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Grosjean’s accident was quite horrific and not seen in F1 for a long time

Entanglements on the opening laps of the race are commonplace in the sport, with chaos and frenzy that ensues all around. However, no one in recent times has seen an F1 car burst into flames after slamming into the barrier.

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – General view of the wreckage of the car of Haas’ Romain Grosjean after he crashed out of the race Pool via REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Daniil Kvyat clipped Grosjean, as the former tried to pass him in order to get ahead. However, it was a terrible aftersight to see, when the car ultimately smashed into the wall and split into two pieces.

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It only goes to show that F1 has come a long way in terms of safety protocols and development. On this occasion, we can all be thankful that safety devices like halo proved to be useful and are there in place to protect the F1 drivers.

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Bhargav Gopal

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Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.

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