Romain Grosjean has provided an update from hospital, reassuring he is “okay” and praising the halo for saving his life after his horror crash in Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix which was won by Lewis Hamilton.
The French Haas driver clipped Daniil Kvyat after Turn 3 of the first lap of the race, cannoning into the barriers with an impact speed of 221 km p/hr, with his vehicle exploding into flames and slicing in half.
Remarkably Grosjean emerged from inside the vehicle to escape the flames, aided by the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) medical staff who were quickly on the harrowing scene.
Haas confirmed Grosjean would stay overnight in hospital for further treatment of burns on his hands but that X-rays showed he’d suffered no fractures in the incident.
“Hello everyone, just wanted to say I’m okay, well, sort of okay,” Grosjean said, glancing at the bandages on his burnt hands.
“Thank you very much for all the messages. I wasn’t for the halo some years ago but I think it’s the greatest thing we brought to Formula 1 and without it I wouldn’t be able to speak to you today.
“Thanks to all the medical staff at the circuit, at the hospital, and hopefully I can soon write you quite some messages and tell you how it’s going.”
The FIA have confirmed they’ve already launched an investigation into the crash.
FIA F1 Race Director Michael Masi said: “It certainly was a tough situation. It’s never something we like to see, a big incident, particularly one involving fire. But I’m glad more than anything that Romain is OK. He’s in hospital under observation and we wish him a very speedy recovery.”
Meanwhile, already-crowned world champion Hamilton claimed his fifth consecutive Grand Prix victory, finishing ahead of Red Bull pair Max Verstappen and Alexander Albon.
Racing Point’s Sergio Perez appeared set to podium before he had a power unit failure with four laps to go and was unable to complete the race.
Perez’s issue meant the safety car came out to see out the race, with Hamilton able to coast him after Verstappen had earlier tested him for speed.
Speaking about Grosjean’s crash, Hamilton said: “Im just so grateful that the halo worked… it could have been so much worse.
“But I think its a reminder to us and hopefully to the people that are watching that this is a dangerous sport and that is why were out there pushing to the limit and playing with that limit, but you also have to respect it.”