F1 Driver Survives Fiery Crash After Car Is Split In Half

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During a weekend race at the Bahrain Grand Prix, one Formula 1 driver suffered only minor injuries from a horrifying crash that could have claimed his life.

Driver Romain Grosjean crashed his F1 car into a barrier during the opening lap of the race on Sunday, November 29th, 2020 after clipping another car while trying to make a maneuver through the track.

The crash split his car into two pieces and erupted into a fireball upon impact. For several moments after the crash, video footage showed he was still trapped inside the car as emergency personnel responded to the incident.

A few seconds later and Grosjean was spotted quickly clamoring out of the wreckage and walking away from the firey heap of metal he was driving just a short time before.

The driver was taken to the hospital immediately and remained there overnight after suffering from burns, scrapes, and bruises sustained in the crash. Luckily, as his team revealed on Twitter, he suffered no further injuries or broken bones.

Grosjean credits the “halo” safety device with saving his life. It’s a type of crash protection system used in open-wheel racing that consists of a titanium bar curved around the driver’s head and somewhat resembles a roll-cage.

The halo device was introduced into Formula 1 in 2018 and now has become the strongest part of the car.

“I wasn’t [in support of] the halo several years ago, but I think it’s the greatest thing we brought to Formula 1,” Grosjean said according to UPI.com. “Without it, I wouldn’t be able to speak to you. Thanks to all the medical staff at the circuit, at the hospital, and hopefully I can soon write you some messages soon and tell you how it’s going.”

See a photo of Grosjean he posted from the hospital thanking everyone for their well wishes and witness the full crash video below.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Grosjean as he makes his recovery.

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