The medical automobile and monitor marshals have been on the scene seconds after Grosjean’s automobile got here to relaxation, half of it wedged into the guardrail. [credit:
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The Components 1 vehicles had barely made it a 3rd of the way in which across the monitor earlier than the purple flag introduced a short lived halt to this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix. The beginning of an F1 race is commonly chaotic, particularly among the many again half of the grid, and so it proved on Sunday when the Haas VF-20 pushed by Romain Grosjean speared off monitor to the precise after exiting flip three.
First-lap crashes aren’t that uncommon within the sport, not like what occurred subsequent. After hitting the guardrail at about 137mph (220km/h), Grosjean’s automobile ripped in half after which burst into flames—one thing that hasn’t occurred for over 30 years. To make issues worse, the entrance half penetrated between the guardrails that lined this part of monitor. As crashes go, this one was extra harking back to the bad-old days of F1, the type that claimed the lives of drivers like Roger Williamson or Francois Cevert.
However Grosjean walked away—understandably gingerly—with little extra damage than some burns to his fingers. And that could be a testomony to the security that is designed into trendy F1.Learn 13 remaining paragraphs | Feedback