Haas F1 driver Romain Grosjean was involved in a frightening accident in the first round of Sunday’s Formula 1 Grand Prix, leaving his car torn in half and engulfed in flames, but the French driver was fortunately able to get out of his car and jump over a safety barrier away from the wreck.
When drivers competed for position shortly after the start of the race, Grosjean turned over Daniil Kyvat’s front, made contact and was transformed directly into a barrier after turn 3. Grosjean’s car came in contact with the metal barrier and went through it, causing major damage to his car and causing an immediate explosion.
The Formula 1 world feed did not show a recurrence of the accident right away, leading many fans to fear the worst, but Grosjean was able to get out of the car and was shown walking to a medical vehicle with the help of two people. According to Haas’ F1 team principle Guenther Steiner, Grosjean suffered minor burns to his hands and ankles and suspected broken ribs.
When it was confirmed that Grosjean was surviving and Formula 1 began showing footage of what had happened, the racing world was stunned. That Grosjean was able to walk away is nothing short of a miracle.
My God, that Grosjean crashed into fire.
He is safe and already rescued pic.twitter.com/3hU4UKTN3X
– Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) November 29, 2020
Romain Grosjean was on the other side of the wall after half of his car went through the steel barrier.
Thank God for halo. pic.twitter.com/YwMF3bKlP4
Nick Bromberg (@NickBromberg) November 29, 2020
Romain Grosjean miraculously managed to survive this burning crash that left his Formula 1 car in half. Incredible pic.twitter.com/k6OzSU85wx
– Igor Mello (@SuperIgor) November 29, 2020
Grosjean provided an update from the hospital later in the day. He seemed remarkably OK for a man who had undergone a massive collision and dramatic fireball.
The best video we’ve seen today?
– Formula 1 (@ F1) November 29, 2020