Grosjean Reveals Having ‘Flashbacks’ of Fiery Bahrain F1 Crash

Published 05/12/2021, 9:05 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Sakhir Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Haas’ Romain Grosjean arrives to thank marshals ahead of the Sakhir Grand Prix REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


Last year at the Bahrain Grand Prix, millions of Formula 1 fans got the shock of their lives. On the opening lap of the race, Haas F1 driver Romain Grosjean clipped the front wing of Daniil Kvyat and got pitched towards the barrier. Upon impact, the car erupted in a flaming inferno. After a few seconds of bated breath, a shaken Grosjean miraculously clambered out and managed to limp away from the wreck.

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Recently, the Frenchman spoke about the night of the accident. He confessed that in the immediate aftermath of the accident, he did have a few flashbacks of the moment.

He said, “I had a couple of flashbacks and a phase in the accident that I needed to understand. To go through with my psychologist, couple of flashbacks.

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Romain Grosjean of France and Haas F1 looks on as drivers line up on the grid for a photo prior to day one of Formula 1 Winter Testing at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

“One in the morning at six AM, my son woke me up and the one was when I was going to the surgery for my hands. Back in Geneva, just before being put asleep.”

Fortunately, the French driver has not suffered a single nightmare of the accident and is able to openly talk about the crash. However, even after all these months, his hands have not fully healed and he cannot expose them to the sun for long.

 What is Romain Grosjean up to now?

The French driver insisted that the thought of quitting racing never crossed his mind. Not even the fiery accident would have convinced him to leave racing for good. Although he sat out for the remaining Formula One races, the idea of giving up a career in the fast lane was not on the cards.

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Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – November 29, 2020 General view as the burnt wreckage of the car of Haas’ Romain Grosjean is removed from the track following a crash Pool via REUTERS/Tolga Bozoglu TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

The driver has since left the Haas F1 team along with teammate Kevin Magnussen. While the latter has decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and pursue a career in endurance races, Grosjean has opted to stay in the open-wheel sector and is currently competing in the 2021 IndyCar championship.

He is one of three rookies, along with V8 Supercars star Scott McLaughlin, and NASCAR legend Jimmie Johnson.

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However, the Frenchman is set to return to the F1 realm quite soon, having accepted Toto Wolff‘s offer to drive Mercedes‘ 2019 championship-winning car before his home Grand Prix.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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