Formula 1: Romain Grosjean reveals the burns to his hands

Romain Grosjean, Haas, Formula 1 (Photo by KAMRAN JEBREILI/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Romain Grosjean, Haas, Formula 1 (Photo by KAMRAN JEBREILI/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) /

Former Haas Formula 1 driver Romain Grosjean revealed the burns he suffered to his hands as a result of his November crash in Bahrain.

Romain Grosjean was involved in one of the nastiest crashes that Formula 1 had seen in many years on Sunday, November 29 when his Haas cut across the AlphaTauri of Daniil Kvyat on the opening lap of the Bahrain Grand Prix at Bahrain International Circuit, the antepenultimate race of the 2020 season.

Coming out of turn three of the 15-turn, 3.363-mile (5.412-kilometer) road course in Sakhir, Bahrain, the contact sent Grosjean’s car careening toward the inside barrier. When the VF-20 hit the barrier, it sliced through it, splitting the car in two.

The front half of the car became stuck in the barrier, unable to completely shoot through the other side, while the back half sat stationary on the track side, completely unattached from the front.

Grosjean was miraculously able to climb from the cockpit, suffering no more than burns to the backs of his hands.

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He was transported to Bahrain Defence Force (BDF) Hospital in Riffa, where he spent a few nights before he was released, but it was then confirmed that he would not be able to compete in the following weekend’s Sakhir Grand Prix at the same track.

It was later confirmed that Grosjean would also not be able to compete in the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit, effectively ending his Formula 1 career since it had already been confirmed that he and teammate Kevin Magnussen would be replaced at the sport’s lone American team by Formula 2 champion Mick Schumacher and fellow Formula 2 driver Nikita Mazepin in 2021.

But there is plenty of positive news for the 34-year-old Frenchman as he continues to recover from his burns.

Just before the new year, he shared a fantastic update with his fans regarding his right hand, and now he has provided a further update that the dressing is completely off of his left hand as well.

Six weeks and two days after the accident took place, Grosjean revealed pictures of both of his hands. As you can see, his left hand was burned to a greater degree than his right, which is why a photo of it was not included a few weeks ago.

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Grosjean has not yet announced his plans for 2021, which will still likely include racing somewhere. His name has been mentioned as one of the possibilities to compete for Dale Coyne Racing’s IndyCar team, although it is unclear if he would be open to running the four oval events on the 17-race schedule, especially after his Bahrain shunt. One source has even reported that a deal will be announced in the coming days.