Dangers will always continue to persist in a high-intensity, high octane sport like Formula 1. However, no one wished to see Romain Grosjean go into the barriers in that fashion, in what was one of the most horrific crashes in recent times.
The 34-year-old Frenchman entangled with Daniil Kvyat in the backfield positions and went off the track. What resulted was a fiery explosion, with Grosjean lucky to be largely unhurt, and emerging from the flames seconds later.
Everyone watching the race breathed a sigh of relief at the sight, as medical personnel slowly escorted Grosjean into the safety car. Following the race, Haas F1 team principal Guenther Steiner said that the French driver told him that he remembered most of the events from the crash.
Romain Grosjean asked Steiner where the steering wheel was during their conversation
Speaking in an interview, Steiner is quoted as saying, “Yeah he remembers most of it, he asked me ‘where’s the steering wheel?’. I said ‘I think it broke off when you crashed’, it wasn’t there at all.”
Naturally, after such a big crash, doubts will be raised about whether Haas can rebuild their car. Steiner believes they have enough spare parts to construct one for the upcoming weekend at the Sakhir Grand Prix.
Steiner reveals to C4F1 that Grosjean remembers most of the crash, but not what happened to his steering wheel or how he removed it. Guenther says he thinks it broke off when he crashed because it wasn’t there. from r/formula1
“We’ve actually got the spare chassis with us. If we crash another one, then we are in trouble.” concluded the Haas team boss.
Steiner opens up on what was happening in the Haas camp following Grosjean’s crash
The 52-year-old further explained and said, “I mean first of all, what is happening here. And then we got the call from one of the engineers, he must have seen the evidence that he is out of the car. I wanted to make sure before we say something that it is clear and then he was out.”
“Then we communicated straightaway to the team over the radio, our chief engineer communicated that Romain seems to be okay, he’s out of the car. And then we communicated to Kevin [Magnussen] as well.”
Regardless, Romain’s incident served to remind us all that F1 will always have a certain set of risks. More than anything, it is definitely good news to see the Haas driver doing relatively well after the crash.