I have been an F1 fan for many years. I have seen my fair share of crashes, accidents and racing incidents but today a wave of pure horror washed over me and I have never felt so numb.

Romain Grosjean, Formula 1 Driver for Haas has been taken to hospital with minor burns and injuries today after an absolutely terrifying accident at the Bahrain Grand Prix which gut wrenchingly left his car split in two. Many people, including myself have said what a miracle it is for him to be alive.

However for me, that miracle comes in the shape of the Medical Team on track and the incredible Marshals, including medical car driver Alan van der Merwe and Dr Ian Roberts. Today, they did an amazing job at getting Romain as far away from the wreckage as quickly as they could. It goes without saying that without their courageous intervention, it could’ve been a frightfully different story.

Safety in Formula 1 has come a very long way in its 70 years. The use of Marshals at races have been around since the 1950s and are quite often overlooked, but are an integral part of safety in motorsport. Since then, other measures have been put in place such as fire-resistant race suits, barriers and run off areas, the HANS device and more recently the Halo – introduced in 2018.

In a video update that Romain Grosjean posted on his Instagram on Sunday night, he thanks his fans for all the messages and praises the Halo saying “it is the greatest thing brought to Formula 1 and without it I wouldn’t be able to speak to you today.”

Sometimes it is hard to accept that a sport we love so much can have leave such painful memories. Motorsport is dangerous, which is why it is important to respect every driver for risking their lives do the job they love and that we admire.

I think I speak for everyone in wishing Romain a speedy recovery and we hope to see you back in the car when you’re ready. To the medics, marshals and everybody involved, thank you.


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