Yes, Lewis Hamilton won another race, but we think the real winner during the Bahrain Grand Prix was Romain Grosjean. It's not because he crossed the line first; far from it. But he did walk away from a horrifying crash.
If you watched the race, you know what we mean.
The 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix barely got past the first turn when the big one happened. Alpha Tauri's Daniil Kvyat and Grosjean got together, sending the latter into a spin and straight to the wall. While heavy shuts are common in Formula 1, it's been a while since we saw one like this. That's because, upon impact, Grosjean's Haas race car split in half and burst into a fireball. It is perhaps the worst accident since Jules Bianchi's crash in 2014.
According to onboard telemetry, Grosjean slammed into the wall at 220 km/h with a force of 53 g. For the Haas driver to extract himself from the burning car and limp over the barrier is a miraculous sight. Medical car driver Alan Van Der Merwe and Dr. Ian Roberts both said it was the most intense fire they've seen in recent history. Since the accident, the two medical car staff along with other track marshals and volunteers, have been dubbed heroes. Van Der Merwe quickly sprung into action, while Dr. Roberts pulled Grosjean further away from the fire.
Despite limping away from the burning car, all Grosjean suffered were burns to his hands. Grosjean's injuries are minor compared to what could have happened. He even had time to go on Instagram and assure fans that he came off the crash relatively unscathed. If anything, the accident showed just how far Formula 1 has come in terms of safety.
There is no doubt that the vehicle's safety cell and halo spared Grosjean's neck. The French driver even had high praises from the halo device. In his video message, he said, "I wasn't for the halo some years ago, but I think it's the greatest thing that we brought to Formula 1, and without it, I wouldn't be able to speak to you today."
The race also showed the brotherhood and respect these drivers have for one another. From Lewis Hamilton to Nicholas Latifi, all of them expressed their concern and worries for their fellow racer. All of them asked if Grosjean was able to get out of the fiery wreck, and all were relieved to hear the good news.
We were relieved to see him out of the car too.