Formula 1 Driver Miraculously Emerges From Flame-Engulfed Car Crash

Who is Alan van der Merwe the South African who saved Romain Grosjean's life at Bahrain GP

Formula One driver Romain Grosjean was involved in a horrific crash that left his auto engulfed in flames at the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday, causing the race to be halted.

Grosjean's auto went into a steel barrier at high speed after he made contact with Daniil Kvyat.

Grosjean had to free himself from his burning Haas which had split into two after piercing the metal retaining barrier on the exit of turn three.

Once the flames were put out, it was revealed that the front portion of Grosjean's auto had become embedded in the barrier.

The force and angle at which Grosjean hit the metal barrier cut his auto in half, sending the back half of the vehicle flying off while the front half, with Grosjean inside, got wedged in the barrier.

Haas has confirmed that Grosjean "has some minor burns on his hands and ankles but otherwise he is okay" and is being transported to BDF Military Hospital with a suspected broken rib (s).

Grosjean was stuck in the flames for almost 10 seconds. I want to thank the rescue crews who are very quick. Here's hoping Romain Grosjean recovers at the earliest, and makes it in time for the final two races of his F1 career. "The marshals and FIA people they did a great job, it was scary". Grosjean was escorted to an ambulance and appeared to be limping.

Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton expressed his relief on Twitter while waiting for the race to restart.

"I've never seen that much fire in 12 years. Thankful to the FIA for the massive strides we've taken for roman to walk away from that safely". "It took a little while to process what was going on but then Romain started to get out of the auto himself, which was incredible", said Alan van der Merwe, the driver of the F1 medical vehicle. "Everything worked. Without just one of those things working, it could have been a very different outcome". It was introduced following the death of French driver Jules Bianchi after he sustained massive head trauma on a rain-soaked track at the Japan GP six years ago and went headfirst into a trackside crane.

Footage showed the rest of the drivers watching the incident unfold in the paddock and Hamilton was seen shaking his head in disbelief after watching a replay of the crash.

"It looked like he went across the track with the front wheel and went full speed in the barrier".

The race has been red-flagged for a long time, as fire extinguishers clear out the scene of the accident.

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