Manama: Romain Grosjean suffered minor burns and suspected broken ribs, but was in a stable condition after his car smashed through safety barriers at the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix on the opening lap, bringing the race to a halt.
The Frenchman’s Haas car was ripped in half and engulfed in flames as it speared through protective barriers immediately after the start, following contact with the AlphaTauri of Daniil Kvyat.
Romain Grosjean’s car bursts into flames after a crash during the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday.Credit:Getty Images
The impact was measured at over 50G, according to a spokesman for the sport's governing FIA.
"(Romain) is stable and being taken by helicopter to the MDF MC Military Hospital for further evaluation," the governing body said.
A spokesman for Grosjean's Haas team said the 34-year-old had suffered minor burns on his hands and ankles and had one or more suspected broken ribs.
The aftermath of Romain Grosjean’s crash at the Bahrain Grand Prix.Credit:Getty Images
Replays showed Grosjean exiting his flaming car unaided and jumping over the safety barrier. Limping, he was then helped by FIA doctors to an ambulance.
Stewards delayed the race while the barriers were repaired.
Lewis Hamilton, who television pictures showed shaking his head in disbelief as he watched the replays, had been in the lead. Max Verstappen was second and Sergio Perez third.
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