Formula One driver Romain Grosjean says he was rescued from the halo of his car during a dramatic crash during the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday, which engulfed him in flames for nearly half a minute.
The device, which includes a bar directly in front of the driver’s field of vision, has been added to the cars in the 2018 season series and has received criticism from many drivers, including Grosjean.
“I wasn’t for the halo a few years ago, but I think it’s the greatest thing we’ve brought to Formula One and without it I wouldn’t be able to talk to you today,” Grosjean said in an Instagram post from his bed at the Hospital. Bahrain’s defense forces on Sunday.
Many racing series featuring open-cockpit cars have adopted a halo design, including the IndyCar, where it is combined with a windshield.
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The French driver’s car crashed during the crash and caught fire while he was sitting inside it for 27 seconds, but he was protected by his fireproof suit and helmet and managed to get out and move away from the scene. The U.S.-based team released an update Monday that said he had received only burns to the back of his hands and was expected to be released from the hospital on Tuesday.
“I thank all the medical staff in the chain, in the hospital, and I hope to write you a lot of messages soon and tell you how it’s going,” Grosjean said in his post.
Formula One Managing Director Ross Brown said the accident would be investigated to better understand why the car broke down and caught fire.
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