Formula 1 driver Romain Grosjean says he was rescued by halo on his car during a dramatic crash during Sunday’s Grand Prix in Bahrain that left him engulfed in flames for nearly half a minute.
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The device, which includes a rod directly in front of the driver’s field of vision, was added to cars in the series in the 2018 season and received criticism from many drivers, including Grosjean.
“I was not with the gloss a few years ago, but I think it’s the biggest thing we brought to Formula 1, and without it I would not be able to talk to you today,” Grosjean said in an Instagram message from his bed at Bahrain Defense Force hospital on Sunday.
Many racing series with open cockpit cars have adopted the halo design, including the IndyCar, where it is paired with a windshield.
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The French driver’s car broke apart during the collision and burned as he sat inside it for 27 seconds, but he was protected by his fireproof suit and helmet and was able to get out and walk away from the scene. His US-based team released an update on Monday, saying he only got burns on the back of his hands and was expected to be released from the hospital on Tuesday.
“Thank you to all the medical staff on the circuit, at the hospital, and hopefully I can write a lot of messages to you soon and tell you how it goes,” Grosjean said in his post.
Formula 1 CEO Ross Brawn said the incident will be investigated to better understand why the car broke apart and caught fire.
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