Romain Grosjean Undergoes Fresh Medical Procedure on His Burnt Hand a Year After Bahrain F1 Crash

Published 11/03/2021, 6:35 AM EDT
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


Romain Grosjean’s hand injury at Bahrain last year was the outcome of what was a life-threatening crash. Although thankful for the limited damage done, Grosjean has had a disadvantage as the pain has been present ever since.

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On Tuesday, Grosjean had to undergo a skin grafting procedure in order to better heal his battle scars. As always, the driver kept his fans in the loop. Grosjean posted a picture of the scar; one that would later be complete with an ‘after’ picture.

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After the procedure, the driver revealed his “Mickey hands” and shared, “My hand is fruity but it’s gonna be looking good soon.” Now, as the hand wrapped up in bandages when it is unveiled, the former Haas driver would look at his hands how they once were. After this, Romain will only have to focus on recovery and the IndyCar season ahead of him.

Romain Grosjean incident a learning point for the FIA

The crash at Bahrain was unlike anything the sport had seen in its recent years. With advancements in F1 technology, accidents have been less frequent and less consequential. To see a car snap in half and erupt in a ball of flames was unprecedented. What was even more miraculous, however, was watching the Frenchman walk out of the accident alive.

While everyone celebrated the Phoenix‘s safety, the FIA focused its attention on the one thing they had missed out on: the gloves. Being the only kink in FIA’s safety measures, the board looks to fix it.

“The prototype gloves are designed to deliver increased heat transmission protection in relation to the currently homologated gloves. This corresponds to an increase in the time which the glove can be exposed to direct heat from flames before which temperature on the skin reaches a level of significant concern.”

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Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – November 29, 2020. A Steward attempts to extinguish flames at the crash scene after Haas’ Romain Grosjean crashed out at the start of the race Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon

To measure their progress, during the Turkish GP, the FIA had some drivers test the prototype of fireproof gloves. Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo, and Lewis Hamilton were a part of five drivers selected to test the comfort and dexterity of the gloves; the feedback was positive. Ricciardo reported back, “I used them…I didn’t notice the difference.”

Michael Masi revealed, The first feedback from the drivers was positive. There are some things that need to be fine-tuned with some of the manufacturers, but that’s not insurmountable.”

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As the FIA continues to prevent such incidents from occurring during races, fans hope to see the F1 veteran recover from his new procedure quickly.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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