Haas driver Romain Grosjean involved in huge fiery crash at Bahrain GP

Formula One: Romain Grosjean suffers 'minor burns' in horrific first-lap crash in Bahrain

The Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix is restarting after a red flag due to Haas driver Romain Grosjean crashing into a barrier.

A spokesperson for Grosjean's Haas team said: "Romain has minor burns on his hands and ankles but otherwise he is OK".

It was a terrifying moment after the start with all the drivers bunched up.

Kvyat was also involved in the earlier incident in which Haas driver Romain Grosjean crashed into the barrier causing the race to be delayed and his vehicle to burst into flames.

It appeared an extraordinary escape after Grosjean's vehicle was sliced in half upon impact with the barrier.

A number of drivers hit each other and a huge crash ensued, with Romain Grosjean's auto shooting hard into the wall and exploding.

"Romain is doing OK".

"If you see where the barrier has been torn down, it's unbelievable".

"When you see something like this the only thing you think is 'I hope we get lucky, '" Steiner told BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra. "I prefer that luck than racing luck".

Massive crash at Bahrain F1 race splits car in half Sports1 hour agoVideo2:59
Massive crash at Bahrain F1 race splits car in half Sports1 hour agoVideo2:59

Safety officials were on site nearly immediately as the red flag waved to stop the race. The spilling fuel immediately burst into a massive fireball.

"The driver is well protected with fire proof clothing, helmet, gloves, boots and everything but that just went straight up", he said.

On impact, the auto exploded.

Grosjean was taken by the medical staff to an ambulance before being taken by helicopter to hospital. The marshals and FIA did a great job. It looked like dynamite. a massive explosion tore the vehicle apart. However, a chaotic start left everyone gasping for breath as Grosjean suffered a massive crash right after the lights went out in the desert. One of the scariest crashes ever.

Haas F1 Team driver Romain Grosjean escaped serious injury after a harrowing crash on the opening lap of the Bahrain Grand Prix Sunday at Bahrain Int'l Circuit. We've seen many courageous drivers end up lifeless on the track in the past.

The halo is a safety device that forms a protective ring around the drivers' head.

The clearly shaken driver was taken back to the pits by the medical vehicle at the Sakhir Circuit.

"We know motor sport and Formula One is unsafe. Wow... the risk we take is no joke, for those of you out there that forget that we put our life on the line for this sport and for what we love to do", Hamilton wrote. How on earth Romain Grosjean walked away from that is a miracle.

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