It’s a real miracle. After a terrible accident which cut his car in two before it caught fire this Sunday, November 29 at the Bahrain Grand Prix, Romain Grosjean miraculously escaped unscathed with some burns to his hands. The Frenchman indeed hit the safety rail head-on after overtaking.
“I just wanted to let you know that I’m fine, thank you so much for all your messages. I have to say I was not for the halo originally, but it has to be said that it’s a good thing and without this protection, I won’t be here talking to you. Thanks to my doctors and with a bit of luck I could write to you very soon,” the pilot said from his hospital bed on Sunday evening.
On RTL, Jean-Louis Moncet, F1 journalist, analyzes the accident and judges that the security now in place for the F1 Grand Prix saved his life. “When you hit the rail almost head-on at 220 km/h and you have an impact force of more than 5G, you can say that there is providence on the one hand, but also technique. If Romain can talk to us like that today, it’s also thanks to the safety of Formula 1 and his car in particular”, assures the specialist.
He highlights the major role of the “halo”, just like the miraculous Frenchman. “It’s a carbon tripod which can withstand a weight of 32 tonnes and which made it possible to cut the rail. It was thanks to the halo that he was able to get out of it”, estimates the F1 journalist.