F1 driver leaps away from burning car after first lap crash in Bahrain

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Haas driver Romain Grosjean crashed early on in Bahrain. Photo: Hamad Mohammed/Pool via AP
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By Philip Duncan, PA F1 Correspondent, Bahrain

Romain Grosjean miraculously survived a huge crash on the opening lap of the Bahrain Grand Prix when his car hit the wall and burst into flames.

Frenchman Grosjean (34) veered off the track after just three corners, hitting the barriers with an impact registering at 53G.

The sport held its breath as the TV cameras cut away from the flashpoint and the race was immediately stopped.

But Grosjean’s Haas team reported that the driver was out of the cockpit.

He was then pictured sitting in the medical car before gingerly heading towards a stretcher.

A replay then showed Grosjean frantically leaping out of his fireball inferno with the aid of a medical doctor.

It emerged that his car sliced in half on impact, with one part of the car going through the other side of the barrier.

A Haas spokesperson said: “Romain has minor burns on his hands and ankles but otherwise he is OK. He is with the doctors now.”

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