Romain Grosjean Explains How He Lost a Shoe in Gripping Recap of Bahrain F1 Crash

Published 12/04/2020, 11:11 PM CST
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


Romain Grosjean can consider himself very lucky to be alive today. After crashing and catching fire at turn 3 of the Bahrain GP, he miraculously pulled himself from the wreckage.

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He had been recovering in the nearby hospital since the incident. However, he is back in the F1 paddock now, but not in a racing capacity.

He gave a very detailed account of his ’28 seconds’ with destiny. There was a moment during his escape where he began to panic and then eventually accept his fate.

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“It couldn’t end like this, it couldn’t be my last race, it couldn’t finish like this. No way.

“There’s the less pleasant moment where my body started to relax. I’m at peace with myself, and I’m going to die.”

Romain Grosjean was facing all sorts of problems

The Frenchman came out of the wreckage with just one shoe. While trying to pull himself from the cockpit, he was facing another adversity, “I realize my foot is stuck in the car. So I sit back down, I pull as hard as I can on my left leg and my foot comes out of the shoe.

“Then I do it again and then the shoulders are going through, and at the time the shoulders are through I know I’m going to jump out.”

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

However, the 10-time race winner would not give up so easily. Near to a gratifying death, he sought inspiration from his children. On doubting whether he would come out of that fireball alive, he said

“I asked my a question: ‘Is it going to burn my shoe or my foot or my hand? Is it going to be painful? Where is it going to start?’ To me, that looks like two, three, four seconds. I guess it was milliseconds at the time.

“And then I think about my kids and I said, ‘no, they cannot lose their dad today’.”

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The Haas driver is truly signifying what it means to have a ‘never say die’ attitude. His courage and willingness will serve as a source of inspiration for people all around the world.

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Hopefully, it helps him to bid the F1 world a proper goodbye too. Seeing him behind the wheels of the car once again is all that the fans want. Fingers crossed, his recovery goes well and the F1 community gives him a heroes’ sendoff at Abu Dhabi GP.

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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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