Formula One driver Romain Grosjean expects he’ll want psychological assist to cope with the traumatic reminiscences of his horrific crash on the Bahrain Grand Prix. The French driver’s automobile exploded right into a fireball after crashing on the primary lap and slicing by way of a steel barrier alongside the observe on Sunday. Grosjean was trapped contained in the Haas automobile’s flaming wreckage however escaped in scenes that drew awe and admiration world wide.
“There’s going to be some psychological work to be performed, as a result of I actually noticed loss of life coming. When you see photographs, not even Hollywood is able to doing that,” Grosjean advised French broadcaster TF1 on Tuesday from his hospital mattress in Bahrain. “To come out of the flames that day is something that will mark my life forever.”
Grosjean was estimated to be inside the raging furnace for nearly 30 seconds but was lucid enough to figure a way out of a near-death situation.
“I don’t know if the word miracle exists or it can be used, but it wasn’t my time. It did seem much longer than 28 seconds. I saw my visor turning all orange, the flames on the left side of the car,” he said. “I thought about a lot of things notably about Niki Lauda and I thought that it wasn’t possible to end up like that, not now. I couldn’t finish my story in Formula 1 like that.”
The late Lauda, a three-time F1 champion, survived but sustained horrific burns to his head after being caught inside his flaming car at the 1976 German GP at the Nuerburgring.
Somehow, Grosjean escaped with only minor burns to the back of his hands and even feels optimistic enough about competing in the season-ending Abu Dhabi GP on Dec. 13. His contract expires at the end of this season, and it remains uncertain if he will be given a seat in F1 next year, so that could effectively be his last race in F1.
“I’m very well, given the accident and the circumstances. My hand movements are fine, so that’s the main thing. It’s not very pleasant but it’s not painful, so I can’t complain,” Grosjean said. “There is a feeling of being happy to be alive, of seeing things differently. But also there is the need to get back in the car, if possible in Abu Dhabi.”
The 34-year-old Grosjean has three children the eldest only 7 years old and he revealed that the fear of them losing their father drove him through the flames.
“For the sake of my children, I told myself I had to get out. I put my hands in the fire and I could clearly feel my hands burning on the chassis,” Grosjean mentioned. “My 5-year-old son Simon is sure I have magical powers and that I have a shield of magic love. He said thats what protected me, that I managed to fly out of the car. Those are very strong words.”
Grosjean was also moved by the widespread support within F1 and beyond.
“An monumental quantity of individuals confirmed me indicators of affection and that’s one thing which touched me vastly,” Grosjean mentioned. “Sometimes I’ve tears in my eyes.”