French race car driver Romain Grosjean escaped a horrific, fiery crash at high speed during the Bahrain Grand Prix Sunday, according to stunning footage and reports.
The Formula One driver was zooming at 140 mph during his first lap, when he lost control and smashed into a barrier — causing the vehicle to burst into flames and split in half, officials said.
Grosjean was trapped inside the fire-engulfed ride for nearly 10 seconds before he scrambled out and was treated for burns and broken ribs, according to the racing news site Formula1.com.
Footage shows him limping out of the car and being air-lifted to a hospital.
“Romain is doing okay, I don’t want to make a medical comment but he had light burns on his hands and ankles,” said Guenther Steiner, a rep for the racer. “Obviously he’s shaken… I want to thank the rescue crews who are very quick. The marshals and FIA people they did a great job, it was scary.”
Just moments before the fiery wreck, Russian driver Daniil Kyvat collided with Grosjean’s car. Afterwards, officials stopped the race for nearly an hour to clean up debris.
Grosjean wasn’t the only driver who crashed and burned at the competition. Canadian driver Lance Stroll’s ride flipped upside down in an accident that he walked away from, according to officials who confirmed he was “OK.”
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