Romain Grosjean Reveals F1 Haters’ U-Turn After Bahrain GP Horror Crash

Published 01/28/2021, 6:15 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Sakhir Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – December 3, 2020 Haas’ Romain Grosjean arrives to thank marshals ahead of the Sakhir Grand Prix REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


2020 turned out to be the last year for several drivers in F1, with Romain Grosjean being one of them. The Frenchman and his teammate, Kevin Magnussen, were replaced this season. The Frenchman did not have an ideal end to the season as his fiery had him miss his last two F1 races.

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Grosjean’s dangerous accident was one of the worst of this century. Everyone was thankful that the Frenchman got away with just minor injuries and burns. In a recent interview, he explained how the scary accident has changed his life.

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Flames seen from the crash scene after Haas’ Romain Grosjean crashed out at the start of the race Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon

He said, “The accident changed my life: now – because everyone knows me – I can’t even go to the supermarket to shop. I used to have 900,000 subscribers and it was 1.4 million a few days after the accident. Even those who hate me calmed down a bit. They stopped being negative towards me.” Grosjean told Le’Equipe as having been quoted by Motorsport.com.

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Grosjean crashed his car at the barriers, trying to take advantage of the gap in front of him. He admitted he didn’t see Kvyat, and it was a bit aggressive of him. He had made a name for himself in F1 as an aggressive risk-taker over the years.

However, after his crash, wishes came pouring in, hoping for the Frenchman’s quick recovery. He shared his gratitude for how the community stood by his side.

Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit, Portimao, Portugal -Haas’ Romain Grosjean and Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi in action during the race Pool via REUTERS/Jorge Guerrero

“Right now they treat me like someone who came out of the fires, but most importantly they treat me like a racer who doesn’t miss anything. After the accident, they’ve reflected my determination into my entire career. I’m grateful for the warmth. It wasn’t always like this before,” he explained.

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Grosjean went on to explain why he tended to take unnecessary risks during a race. The Frenchman blamed the lack of a competitive car behind his many first lap incidents.

“Yes, I did stupid things and took a lot of risks, but I have never had a fast car like a Mercedes. I wouldn’t have to drive aggressively anyway. I’m grateful for the warmth. It wasn’t always like this before.”

People were starting to realize that what we are doing is our passion. While fighting for 19th place, I almost gave my life to win three places. The critics of me didn’t realize that we were putting our lives in danger. People were beginning to lose respect for us.”

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Grosjean is currently seeking new projects. He has clarified that he is going to continue racing and is currently discussing the details of his contracts for IndyCar racing. The Frenchman opened his final bandages on social media and we hope to see him get back to doing what he loves the most.

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Ayush Manjunath

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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