Former Haas F1 Team turned NTT IndyCar Series driver Romain Grosjean’s escape from his horrendous accident during the Bahrain Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit in November 2020 was down to quick reactions from the Frenchman having been able to escape from his car despite suffering serious burns to his hands in fiery accident.
Grosjean, who has joined Dale Coyne Racing with Rick Ware Racing for road and street course events during the 2021 season making his debut in the season opening IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park.
It has been reported that Grosjean escaped serious injury following the failure of the guardrail however that is not the case, yes he got out of the car but he suffered burns to his hands that required surgery to repair damage tendons while the guardrail did not in fact fail, the halo which is the safety structure around the cockpit of a Formula One car acted like a tin opener piercing the guardrail which in tun sliced Grosjean’s car in half.
Grosjean was trapped in his car for two and half minutes which speaking during last weeks announcement that he will race for Dale Coyne Racing with RWR this season he said that for two and half minutes his family watched from home not sure if he was okay.
Grosjean will switch from the halo to the Aeroscreen when he makes his IndyCar Series debut later this month and speaking last week the Frenchman said that the only thing he was slightly concerned about is the fact that the Aeroscreen can generate heat within the cockpit however IndyCar has worked to solve this by introducing a small cooling device that seats on top of the device.