June 6, 2023

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Grosjean ‘saw death coming,’ thought of his children and Niki Lauda in crash

MANAMA, Bahrain — Romain Grosjean will commit a different evening in hospital recuperating from his fiery Bahrain Grand Prix crash, but the Frenchman is eager to race in the System 1 finale in Abu Dhabi. He told a French broadcaster that he “saw dying coming” as he was hoping to escape his burning auto – and that “for my young children, I told myself that I had to get out.”

Grosjean, 34, limped absent from the horrific crash with burns to his arms but not a broken bone in his system. He was set to be discharged from a nearby hospital on Tuesday.

He broke as a result of the barriers on the opening lap of Sunday’s race, which tore his auto in two prior to it caught fireplace. In his 1st interview because the crash, he told French broadcaster TF1 he had time to think about his young children — and even about the previous F1 racer Niki Lauda, who just about died and was badly burned in the 1976 German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring.

“It felt much more time than 28 seconds,” Grosjean told TF1. “I see my visor turning all orange, I see the flames on the remaining side of the auto. I considered about a whole lot of matters – together with Niki Lauda – and I considered that it wasn’t attainable to conclusion up like that, not now. I could not end my tale in System 1 like that.

“For my young children, I told myself that I had to get out. I set my arms in the fireplace, so I evidently felt it burning on the chassis. I received out, then I felt a person pulling on the suit, so I realized I was out.”  


Grosjean, who is out of a travel and set to depart System 1 future time, will be replaced by Haas’ Brazilian reserve driver Pietro Fittipaldi, for the next of Bahrain’s two races this weekend.

He has set up many posts from hospital on his social media together with one on Tuesday exhibiting him, his arms and remaining foot swaddled in bandages, undertaking squats. 

His Haas workforce manager Guenther Steiner explained he is performing to be back again to total conditioning in time for the Dec. thirteen time-ending race in Abu Dhabi, which is possible to be his System 1 swan track.    

“That is his intention now. He just attempts to get better to be in the auto in Abu Dhabi. I think that shows that he desires to maintain on undertaking it you know,” Steiner explained.

Haas on Tuesday announced Russian Nikita Mazepin as one of its two drivers for the 2021 time.

Mick Schumacher, son of 7-time entire world winner Michael, is the preferred to land the next seat at the American workforce, with Grosjean’s teammate Kevin Magnussen also leaving the workforce at the conclusion of the time.