Romain Grosjean Initially Lied After Bahrain F1 Crash: “Then I Saw the Images”

Published 02/22/2021, 7:30 AM EST
KANNAPOLIS, NC – SEPTEMBER 29: Romain Grosjean of France speaks during a press conference as Haas F1 Team announces Grosjean as their driver for the upcoming 2016 Formula 1 season on September 29, 2015 in Kannapolis, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Stewart-Haas Racing via Getty Images)

Romain Grosjean has had a little difficulty with the aftermath of the deadly crash in Bahrain in 2020. He reflected on the fiery crash and explained how he can’t get rid of the smoldering images from his mind.


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Grosjean enjoyed a 10-year career in F1 which saw him finish on the podium 10 times while racing for Renault, Lotus, and Haas. He was very successful at Lotus, having garnered all 10 of his podiums during his stint there.

However, when he switched to Ferrari-powered Haas in 2016, he didn’t enjoy the same strain of success.


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This lack of success at Haas saw him not have his contract renewed. So, he’s exited the sport as full-time driver.

Romain Grosjean still experiences the memories of the crash

In an interview, the Frenchman said he didn’t initially feel the fire within the car after the crash in Bahrain.

He said, “I told everyone there was no fire in the cockpit. Then I saw the images from the onboard camera that have not yet been made public. The fire is everywhere.”

“Simply everywhere. My brain seems to have suppressed this information has, according to the motto: What does it change? Nothing immediately.”

He also experienced the same thing with the noises from the crash. He said, “Two weeks after the accident, however, I suddenly heard the noise of the fire in my ears again.”

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – DECEMBER 15: Mick Schumacher of Germany driving the Haas F1 Team VF-20 Ferrari during the F1 Young Drivers Test at Yas Marina Circuit on December 15, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Rudy Carezzevoli – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

“The noise is quite loud, like opening the window on the highway. The air as it flows into the car is similar to that in a fire.”

His sense of smell was also affected for quite some time. He said, “Suddenly it [smell of burning carbon] was there again. That only happened in retrospect. At the time of the accident, that wasn’t important [for the body].”

“What does it matter whether I smell the carbon fiber fire or not? My brain has taken in all this information but only saved it. That information only came up recently.” 

Grosjean’s future away from the globetrotting F1 circuit

Romain Grosjean has already secured a seat at Dale Coyne Racing for the 2021 IndyCar series.


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However, the Frenchman will not be taking part in the full calendar as he will be avoiding the superspeedway tracks on the circuit. He’s doing this as he still experiences the aftermath of the crash and doesn’t want to relive it anytime soon.

MONTMELO, SPAIN: Romain Grosjean of France and Haas F1 looks on after stopping on track during day three of F1 Winter Testing at Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

He has also expressed a desire to take part in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, especially with the new constructors coming in 2023. So, he’ll be hoping the non-F1 chapter of his career will be as successful, if not more successful than his F1 chapter.


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Ashish Thomas

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Ashish Thomas is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having followed motorsports since age 5, Ashish holds an enviable knowledge of F1 history. Ashish holds extensive experience in sports writing, having previously worked for SportsQuest and Fansided.