Lewis Hamilton wins Bahrain GP as Romain Grosjean survives violent crash

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Warning: a video shows Romain Grosjean moving away from hell after a crash in the first round of the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Warning: a video shows Romain Grosjean moving away from hell after a crash in the first round of the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton claimed the 11th victory of his title-winning Formula 1 season at the Bahrain GP, ​​which was overshadowed by the terrifying and inflamed accident of Romain Grosjean.

Grosjean miraculously escaped with burns and minor injuries after his Haas broke through barriers, tore in half and caught fire on the first lap of the race, resulting in a red flag and a delay of over an hour.

The Frenchman, who somehow climbed out of his cockpit while on fire before being rescued by commissioners and an FIA medical officer, was airlifted to hospital where he underwent an assessment. more in-depth.

Haas boss Gunther Steiner told Sky F1 he “feels good and nothing is broken” but will tell the hospital overnight on Sunday.

Sky F1’s Martin Brundle and Damon Hill said it was a “miracle”. Grosjean was alive after the accident.

The drivers were visibly shaken watching the footage of the crash, but Hamilton – who said he was “so grateful that Romain was safe” – was generally controlled and dominant when the race resumed.

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Watch the Top 3 podiums react to Romain Grosjean’s horrific accident.

Watch the Top 3 podiums react to Romain Grosjean’s horrific accident.

After an immediate safety car after the restart as Lance Stroll’s Racing Point was knocked down by Daniil Kvyat, poleman Hamilton was rarely troubled in the Mercedes – with Max Verstappen his only rival for the win.

Verstappen finished second for Red Bull after three pit stops, Valtteri Bottas only eighth after suffering an early puncture after the dramatic opening laps.

Alex Albon completed the podium as Sergio Perez was cruelly denied a third place he held for the majority of the lighted race. Perez, who was in superb F1 2020 form and is aiming for the Red Bull seat of Albon for next year, was four seconds ahead of Albon when he suffered an engine failure just three laps from the end.

The race ended behind the safety car after Perez’s problem, with Red Bull sealing their first double podium since 2017.

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Replays show Lance Stroll collided with Daniil Kvyat as the AlphaTauri attempted to climb back inside at Turn 8 and the tire-tire impact saw his Racing Point catapault to his forehead.

Replays show Lance Stroll collided with Daniil Kvyat as the AlphaTauri attempted to climb back inside at Turn 8 and the tire-tire impact saw his Racing Point catapault on his forehead.

McLaren impressed on Sunday after a disappointing qualifying, securing fourth and fifth places thanks to Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz, which puts them ahead of Racing Point in the constructors’ battle for third.

Renault also lost ground to McLaren, winning only seventh and ninth thanks to Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon, while Ferrari only scored one point after a miserable evening under the lights of Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel.

Bahrain GP race result
1. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
2. Max Verstappen, Red Bull
3. Alex Albon, Red Bull
4. Lando Norris, McLaren
5. Carlos Sainz, McLaren
6. Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri
7. Daniel Ricciardo, Renault
8. Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes
9. Esteban Ocon, Renault
10. Charles Leclerc, Ferrari

Grosjean’s miraculous escape: how it happened and how he survived

Grosjean’s frightening crash at the Bahrain GP and the sight of his Haas car torn in half sparked disbelief and relief that the Frenchman was able to survive.

It all happened after only two turns in Sakhir’s race, as Grosjean – who started 19th – made a right turn before making contact with Daniil Kvyat’s AlphaTauri front wing.

He then went straight into the Armco barrier, piercing it “like a can opener” and got stuck – with that, and crash force 53G, then ripping his Haas in half. A huge fire was reportedly caused by a punctured fuel tank.

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Warning: A video shows Haas driver Romain Grosjean driving away from hell after crashing in the first round of the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Warning: A video shows Haas driver Romain Grosjean driving away from hell after crashing in the first round of the Bahrain Grand Prix.

The only thing left of the front half of Grosjean’s car was the monohull – the survival cell specially designed to protect drivers in the event of extreme impact – and the Frenchman managed to escape from his cockpit.

“It was particularly graphic, particularly shocking. It’s a miracle he’s alive, ”said Damon Hill of Sky F1.

Andy van der Merwe, the driver of the FIA ​​medical car, and Ian Roberts, the FIA ​​medical car, were two of the first on the scene and Roberts courageously helped save Grosjean from the flames and then to the medical car.

“It was a big surprise. I have never seen so much fire in 12 years ”, commented Van der Merwe.

“Romain got out of the car himself, which is pretty amazing after an accident like this.

“All the systems we worked on developing, everything worked hand in hand: the Halo, the barriers, the seat belt. Everything worked. Without just one of these things, it could have been a very different outcome. ”

The Halo, the head protection system that was introduced in F1 in 2018, has been credited with saving Grosjean’s life by many, including the majority of the grid.

“He couldn’t have survived this without the Halo,” added Hill, the 1996 world champion.

Hamilton, meanwhile, praised the “incredible job” F1 has done in putting more emphasis on safety.

“It was such a shocking picture to see,” Hamilton said after winning the 57-lap race. “When I get in the car, I know I’m taking risks and respecting the dangers that exist in this sport. I posted about this while we were in this hiatus because it’s horrible.

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Reruns of the incident and follow-up involving Romain Grosjean in the first round of the Bahrain GP. Warning: Contains footage of Grosjean escaping from his car after it caught fire.

Reruns of the incident and follow-up involving Romain Grosjean in the first round of the Bahrain GP. Warning: Contains footage of Grosjean escaping from his car after it caught fire.

“I’m so grateful the Halo worked, I’m grateful the barrier didn’t chop off his head or something like that.” It could have been much worse.

“But it’s a reminder to us and hopefully to the people watching that it’s a dangerous sport and that’s why we push to the limit and play with that limit, but you have to respect it as well.

“I think it shows an incredible job that Formula 1 and the FIA ​​have done over time to be able to move away from something like that. But it will be looked into and they will do a lot of work to make sure it doesn’t. will happen again. ”

Hamilton was superb on Sunday, as did his main rival Verstappen. But the Bahrain GP was really Grosjean-focused – and luckily the Haas driver and GPDA director, who is leaving F1 at the end of the year, is safe after a horrific crash.

As the race winner and seven-time champion said, it could have been a lot worse.



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