'I met with death' - Grosjean recounts horror F1 crash

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• Romain Grosjean will leave hospital on Wednesday (2 December) after recovering from a fiery crash at Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix.

• The Haas driver's Formula 1 car split in two on impact at the barrier of the Turn 3 exit at 220km/h.

• Grosjean will miss the second race in Bahrain this weekend and will be replaced by Nikita Mazepin.

Four days after limping away from a fiery crash at the Bahrain Grand Prix, Haas' Formula 1 driver Romain Grosjean was doing body-weight squats in hospital. 

The Frenchman suffered burns to his hands along with a sprained ankle during the ordeal as his car split in two on impact at the barrier of the Turn 3 exit at 220km/h. 

The 34-year-old recounted the surreal event on Instagram, praising the marshals, fireman and FIA medical doctor Ian Roberts for their bravery during the rescue. 

South African Alan van der Merwe, driving the Formula One medical car, assisted the marshal with the fire extinguisher as the flames rose violently. 

The cause of the fire was due to the fuel lines splitting on impact and a huge fireball erupted from the stricken Haas. Grosjean spent 28 seconds in the car before Roberts and Van der Merwe arrived on the scene to assist. 

"Look at the professionalism of the fireman, trying to keep the fire away from me in the car," Grosjean said on Instagram. 

"Look at the action on Ian Roberts and his involvement. I told him he was a hero, he went into the fire as much as he could to save me."

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Grosjean said the halo safety device, fitted to F1 cars since 2018, was integral to him surviving the impact which was measured at over 50g. 

Two marshals, one on either side of the barrier tried to extinguish the flames.

"I met with death and that is the worst feeling I ever had. But I'm alive and will enjoy every second of life and every small win in a much better way from now on," the Frenchman said. 

Compiled by Sean Parker

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