Romain Grosjean Reflects on ‘the Moment’ He Realised He Was Going to Live Following Bahrain GP Crash

Published 12/03/2020, 8:51 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Haas’ Romain Grosjean walks away from the crash scene with the help of medical officers after crashing out of the race Pool via REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


Romain Grosjean is counting his lucky stars. After a gigantic crash on the opening of Bahrain GP, fire engulfed his car. He was in the burning car for a total of 28 seconds. Any more than that could have been catastrophic for the Frenchman. Thankfully, together with the help of track marshals and firefighters, he got out of the car in time. Without them, who knows if he would be alive today or not?

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Romain Grosjean looks back on the incident

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The Haas driver posted the video of his escape on his Instagram handle, “This video is incredible.”

Romain began by acknowledging the efforts of the firefighter who was extinguishing the fire. Official F1 medic, Ian Roberts, who pulled him out of the fire. He was in awe.

“Look at the professionalism of the fireman, trying to keep the fire away from me in the car. Look at the action on Ian Roberts and his involvement. I told him he was a hero; he went into the fire as much as he could to save me. I felt Ian’s hands pulling me over the barrier and knew I was safe.”

He will remain eternally grateful to be alive today, “I remember every second of it and life will never be the same again, but I’m sure for the best. I met with death and that is the worst feeling I ever had. But I’m alive and will enjoy every second of life and every small win in a much better way from now on.”

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Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – November 29, 2020 Haas’ Romain Grosjean is placed into an ambulance after crashing out of the race Pool via REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

What next for Romain and Haas?

Grosjean is recovering at the moment, and won’t be taking any part at Sakhir GP in Bahrain. Reserve driver Pietro Fittipaldi will be his replacement. However, he wants to return in time for the season-ending Abu Dhabi GP.

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Team Principal has Guenther Steiner has previously said that Romain wants to return to the wheel of the car. The Frenchman is working hard on his recovery at the moment. Hopefully, all will go well and he can potentially bid adieu to the sport in a respectable manner.

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Bharat Aggarwal

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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