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Romain Grosjean out of next race after escaping fiery crash

F1 driver Romain Grosjean wants to return for final race of the season Grosjean 'saw death coming' in fiery Bahrain crash, eyeing Abu Dhabi return
Melba Vasquez | 02 December, 2020, 10:55

The French driver's vehicle exploded into a fireball after crashing on the first lap and slicing through a metal barrier along the track on Sunday.

Hamilton is the third F1 driver to test positive for COVID-19 this season, following Sergio Perez at Silverstone and Lance Stroll in Germany.

"I think there'll be some psychological work to do because I saw death coming. When you see images, not even Hollywood is capable of doing that", he told French TV station TF1.

Grosjean, who spent nearly half a minute trapped in the flames, said: "It was nearly like a rebirth and coming out of the flames that day is something that will mark my life forever".

Grosjean was estimated to be inside the raging furnace for almost 30 seconds but was lucid enough to figure a way out of a near-death situation. Grosjean escaped with the smash and subsequent blaze with only minor injuries and burns.

"I don't know if the word miracle exists or it can be used, but it wasn't my time".

"I remained 28 seconds in the flames but it seemed much longer, as I tried to get out of the tub three times". "It was probably the first time I have felt like this during a race, because I was trying to keep someone behind me and so I saw what happened in my rear view mirrors and when I got to turn 9 I saw the flames, so I was worrying and waiting for news about Romain". I was thinking about many things, particularly Niki Lauda [who suffered severe burns in an accident at the 1976 German GP], and I didn't want to end up like him. I couldn't finish my story in Formula 1 like that. In his first interview since the crash, he told French broadcaster TF1 he had time to think about his children - and even about the former F1 racer Niki Lauda, who almost died and was badly burned in the 1976 German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring.

Grosjean is being treated for the burns he sustained to his hands while jumping out of his blazing Haas auto following a collision with Daniil Kvyat on the first lap of Sunday's race.

Sebastian Vettel finished a lowly thirteenth in Bahrain – Credit Scuderia Ferrari Press Office
Sebastian Vettel finished a lowly thirteenth in Bahrain – Credit Scuderia Ferrari Press Office

Both men have worked within F1 for some many years now.

"Apart from mild symptoms, he is otherwise fit and well, and the entire team sends him its very best wishes for a swift recovery", an earlier team statement said. "I'm happy to be alive and talk to you".

Firefighters rushed to extinguish the flames. "My eldest, Sacha, who is seven years old, is more rational, he tries to understand". "I put my hands in the fire so I could feel them burn on the chassis".

Thankfully, the Frenchman is recovering well in a hospital in Bahrain.

I mentioned the "shield of love" that protected him.

"I thought I needed to get out for my kids", he said. "Those are very strong words".

A potential move by Grosjean to IndyCar was mentioned by Racer a week ago.

Asked if Grosjean had watched TV replays, Steiner said: "I don't think he looked a lot at it". "Sometimes I have tears in my eyes".

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