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[VIDEO] Racer walks out of car after it crashes and bursts into flames

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 • Tamil Comments

Haas F1 team's racing driver Romain Grosjean miraculously escaped a horrific crash after his Haas car split in two and burst into flames during the weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix.

Grosjean walked out of his car seconds after hitting the guardrail at about 137mph (220km/h), when the Frenchman's car reportedly split in half and then caught fire. Despite the nature of the crash, Grosjean did not suffer any serious injuries and spent the night at the hospital where he was treated for a few minor burns on the back of his hand. In a video posted from his hospital bed, Grosjean said, "Just wanted to say I am okay -- well, sort of okay. Thank you very much for all the messages. Thanks to all the medical staff at the circuit and the hospital. Hopefully I can write you quite soon some messages and tell you how it's going."

The racer's escape is being attributed to F1's halo system which is reportedly "a curved bar made of titanium placed on the car's cockpit as a protection system for the driver's head. It is connected to the vehicle's frame by three points." According to preliminary reports, the halo deflected the ruptured Armco metal barriers away from his head, shielding most of the impact. Crediting the protection device for practically saving his life, Grosjean mentioned, "I wasn't for the halo some years ago, but I think it's the greatest thing we've done for Formula One and without it I wouldn't be able to speak to you today."

The driver of the FIA's medical car, Alan van der Merwe, was one of the first people to arrive at the site of crash and help Grosjean out of the vehicle. Speaking about the incredible escape, he stated, "It was a big surprise. I have never seen that much fire in 12 years. Romain got out of the car himself, which is pretty amazing after an accident like that. All the systems we have worked to develop, everything worked hand-in-hand: the halo, the barriers, the seat-belt. Everything worked. Without just one of those things working, it could have been a very different outcome."

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