Formula 1 racing driver Romain Grosjean has said he is OK after surviving a terrorist attack during the Bahrain Grand Prix.
The 34-year-old Frenchman escaped with minor burns after his car was cut in half by a security barrier and caught fire on Sunday afternoon.
He spoke to fans in a video on Instagram a few hours later from his hospital bed, telling fans he was right.
“Hello everyone, I just wanted to say I’m fine, well … sort of.
“Thanks so much for the messages.”
Grosjean added, “Not for the Hollow a few years ago,” but added, “I’m not here today”, referring to the driver crash-protection system used in the Open-Wheel Racing series.
Following the crash, he was able to jump out of the burned car for up to 20 seconds.
His Haas car skidded off the track in the first lap and split in two before catching fire.
Screaming behind the fire, he got out, sang his race helmet, and rushed to the ambulance.
His F1 team tweeted that he had minor burns to his hands and ankles but was OK.
“He is with the doctors now,” she added.
An FIA spokesman said the impact of the Grosgian crash was 53G.
Replays showed the driver moving through obstacles and away from the burning debris of the car before waiting for help in the ambulance.
The accident was caused by Grosjean Daniel making contact with his alpha tori through the front of the quiat.
Lewis Hamilton, who went on to win his 11th title in Formula One after winning the title, took to Twitter to express his relief while waiting for the race to resume.
He said he was very grateful and that Romain was safe.
“Well … the risk we take is not a joke, and those of you who have forgotten that we have devoted our lives to this sport and the things we love to do will forget,” he added.
I am grateful that Romain is safe. Well … the risk we take is not a joke, for those of you who forget that we put our lives on the line for this sport and the things we love to do. Thanks to FIA for the great effort we have made to keep the romaine safe from it. https://t.co/dG8AXmsbKN
– Lewis Hamilton (ew Lewis Hamilton) November 29, 2020
Has team principal Gunther Steiner said: “Romain is OK. I do not want to give a medical opinion, but he has a slight burn on his arm and ankle. Obviously he was shaking … I want to thank the rescuers very much. The marshals and the FIA people did a great job.
Karun Chandok, a former racing driver from Sky Sports, said: “When the car goes through obstacles, the engine mount is removed from the rear of the chassis and the chassis is slightly torn and it seems to have pierced the fuel bag.
Accident The race on the opening lap was suspended. It resumed an hour later following a quick operation to repair significant damage to the trackside barriers.