Grosjean Disappointed Not to Have ‘More Messages’ From F1 Drivers After Bahrain Fireball Crash

Published 05/12/2021, 3:48 AM EDT
BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN: Romain Grosjean of France and Haas F1 walks in the Paddock before the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit on March in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)


Last season, the Bahrain Grand Prix played host to one of the most horrific crashes in Formula One history. Former Haas driver Romain Grosjean collided with the barriers at a speed of 150mph, which resulted in a huge fire. With the car splitting in half, Grosjean escaped from the accident with burns to his both hands, and his life.

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Deemed a miracle by millions across the world, Grosjean only had to miss the last two races of the season. While many messages poured in for his recovery, the lack of messages from the current drivers on the grid left the Frenchman disappointed.

Romain Grosjean hoped the drivers would check up with him more

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Haas released both their drivers, Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen last season. However, Grosjean’s time in F1 ended on a horrific note as the accident nearly took his life. Appearing on F1’s Beyond the Grid podcast, Grosjean revealed that he was upset with the fact that the other drivers didn’t interact with him a lot after the incident.

BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN – DECEMBER 05: Romain Grosjean of France and Haas F1 walks in the Paddock with his wife Marion before last practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Sakhir at Bahrain International Circuit on December 05, 2020 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Speaking to Tom Clarkson, he said, “I was a bit disappointed that not many took news about how I was recovering after Bahrain. And, uh, it’s been a bit disappointing in that way.

“It would have been nice to have a few more messages.

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Where is Grosjean now?

In the accident’s aftermath, Pietro Fittipaldi replaced Grosjean for the Sakhir Grand Prix and Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Currently, he is competing in the IndyCar series with the Dale Coyne Racing team.

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL – Romain Grosjean of France and Haas F1 prepares to drive in the garage during practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Brazil at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)

This season, Grosjean will test Mercedes‘ championship-winning car of 2019 at the Paul Ricard circuit, which hosts his home Grand Prix. Mercedes’ team principal, Toto Wolff, promised the 35-year-old a drive in the Mercedes to have him end his F1 career on his own terms after his accident last season. The test will take place on June 29.

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Sanket Nair

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management student, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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