Grosgen speaks about his Bahrain GP crash


Grossian crashed on the opening lap of Sunday’s race in Bahrain, crossing the barrier at the exit of Turn 3 at a speed of 137 mph, registering a strength of over 50g.

The Haas F1 car broke apart from the impact and burst into flames, leaving Grosjean to escape from its cockpit which was embedded in the barrier.

The Frenchman escapes quickly, the victim only burns his hands and survives any broken bones.

Grosjean will remain in the hospital until at least Wednesday and miss this weekend’s Saikir Grand Prix, but is expected to return for the season finale in Abu Dhabi.

Speaking in his first extended interview after the accident, Grosjean joked that he had “Mickey Mouse’s hands” due to his bandages, but was otherwise fine and was not running an issue.

Grosgen recalled his immediate thoughts in the crash, believing that the impact of exiting the car took him longer in the 28-second period.

“I don’t know if the word miracle exists or can be used, but in any case I would say that it was not my time [to die], “Grosgen explained TF1.

“It took more than 28 seconds. I see my visor all orange, I see flames on the left side of the car. I thought about a lot of things, including Nikki Loda, And I thought it wasn’t possible. To end that way, not now. I can’t end my story in Formula 1.

“And then, for my children, I told myself I had to get out. I put my hands on the fire, so I obviously felt it burning on the chassis.

“I got out, then I felt someone pulling on the suit, so I knew I was out.”

Grosgen revealed that his five-year-old son Simon believes he has “magical powers” and has a “magical love shield” that protects him.

“These are very strong words from children,” Grosgen said. “My eldest, the truthful one, who is seven years old, is more rational, he tries to understand.”

“And my little one has taken a picture, ‘on his hands for Daddy’s wounds’.”

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Grosgen acknowledged that he would need to discuss the trauma of such a dramatic accident because he feared he would be killed.

“I was more fearful for my family and friends, obviously my children, who in the end are the most proud and source of energy for me,” Grosgen said.

“I think some psychologists are going to work, because I’ve actually seen death coming.

“Even in Hollywood, we’re not able to do that kind of images. It’s the biggest accident I’ve ever had in my life. The car includes a fire, explosion, and bursting into flames, so it added a lot Of energy for impact. “

Grosjean thanked him for the messages he received, but said again that he was eager to get back in the car for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

“I would say it’s a pleasure to be alive, to see things differently,” Grosgen said.

“But there is also a need to go back to the car, if possible in Abu Dhabi, to finish my story in a different way with Formula One.

“It was almost like a second birth. To come out of the flames that day is something that will mark my life forever.”

“I have many people who have shown me love and this has touched me a lot, and sometimes I get a little tearful.”

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