Romain Grosjean will remain in hospital overnight after sustaining minor burns following a crash on the opening lap of the Bahrain Grand Prix.
In a statement from Haas, Grosjean is said to have sustained burns on both hands, but all x-rays were clear of fractures after fears the French driver sustained broken ribs in the shunt.
Grosjean has since taken to social media to release his own statement, jokingly saying he is “sort of okay”, whilst waving his bandaged arms.
“Thank you very much for all the messages. I wasn’t for the halo some years ago, but I think it’s the greatest thing in F1 and without it I wouldn’t be able to speak to you today,” said Grosjean.
Romain Grosjean was lucky to walk away after a horrific crash on the opening lap of the Bahrain GP. On the exit of turn three, Grosjean swiped to the right side of the track and clipped Daniil Kvyat’s wheel which sent him careering straight into the barrier, before bursting into flames.
Grosjean was measured to have hit the barrier at 137mph and hit 53g’s.
His car split into two, with Grosjean going straight through the barrier. The halo device was the key difference in ensuring his safety.
Updated November 30:
Haas have confirmed that Pietro Fittipaldi will drive at this weekend’s Sakhir Grand Prix whilst Romain Grosjean remains in hospital.