Trigger Warning: this article contains media relating to a serious accident that included a significant fireball. 

During the first lap of the Bahrain Grand Prix, Romain Grosjean suffered a mammoth crash that he was fortunate enough to walk away from. With thanks to the halo and the incredibly quick reaction from Romain, the FIA and the nearby marshals, he was able to remove himself from the car – that was in two parts  – to safety. 

The incident caused a lengthy red-flag period whilst the barrier was replaced and the remains of Grosjean’s car were recovered. During that time, some drivers took to social media to show their thanks and sheer relief that Grosjean escaped the worst crash we have seen from the sport in years.

Teams also got involved sending their thoughts to Haas and Grosjean.

After the impact, the FIA Medical Car was immediately able to attend the crash scene. Medical Car driver Alan van der Merwe helped guide Grosjean from the wreckage and has been called a hero for running into the flames to help.

Haas Team Boss Guenther Steiner was quick to find him and thank him during the red-flag period.

Away from F1, ex-drivers were also quick to show their support to Romain and praising the halo that undoubtably saved his life.

Grosjean was air-lifted to hospital with minor burns, and is understood to have suffered fractured ribs but this is not confirmed at the time of publishing.

“The driver was immediately attended to by emergency and medical crews,” an FIA statement confirmed. “The driver self-extricated, and was conscious at all times. He was taken to the medical centre before being transferred to Bahrain Defence Force (BDF) Hospital by helicopter where he is undergoing further evaluation.”

Grosjean was also voted ‘Driver of the Day’ which was a lovely touch from fans around the world.

We are all so relieved to see Grosjean walk away from this crash and wish him a speedy recovery.