By: Ashley McCubbin
The good news continues following Romain Grosjean’s accident last week in the Bahrain Grand Prix as he was discharged from the hospital on Wednesday.
Grosjean would make contact with Daniil Kvyat, before being speared into the barriers just after Turn 3, with the car snapping in-half following the contact. As the Medical Car team responded to the accident dousing the flames, the Haas F1 driver climbed over the wall unaided.
As a result of a first fiery crash this past weekend, Grosjean sustained burns to the back of both his hands, resulting in the decision to miss this weekend’s event. Pietro Fittipaldi will fill in for him behind the wheel.
Although released from hospital, Grosjean will remain in Bahrain to receive private treatment for his burns. There is still a possibility he could be cleared to return to competition for Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Grosjean has yet to announce his racing plans for 2021 as Haas F1 Team replaces both him and Kevin Magnussen with Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin. Magnussen confirmed he will be running IMSA SportsCars for Chip Ganassi Racing.
While confirmed on Sunday by FIA Race Director Michael Masi there would be an investigation into the crash, the process was outlined on Friday to detail it could take up to eight weeks.
“As with all serious accidents, we will analyse every aspect of this crash and collaborate with all parties involved. With so much data available in Formula 1, it allows us to accurately determine every element of what occurred and this work has already begun,” said FIA Safety Director Adam Baker. “We take this research very seriously and will follow a rigorous process to find out exactly what happened before proposing potential improvements.”
The investigation will look into competitor safety devices used, as well as analyzing the chassis and safety barrier’s performance for that impact. Additionally, they will access the role of the track marshals and medical intervention team. Throughout, the FIA will ask for feedback from Formula 1, Haas, and the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association.
Once everything is put together, it will be discussed at a meeting of the FIA Safety Commission, which is chaired by Williams F1 co-founder Sir Patrick Head. The findings are subsequently presented to the World Motor Sport Council, and will ultimately be made public.