Romain Grosjean, who drove out violently in the opening round of the Bahranian GP on Sunday, seemed to survive a truly dramatic situation with relatively little damage.
His car collided with a steel railing on the track and caught fire in a crash, causing many to fear the worst.
A medical car with F1 series doctor Ian Roberts and driver Alan van der Merwe arrived really quickly.
The TV images showed Roberts getting out of the car and headed immediately toward the sea of flame.
He helped Grosjean to safety from the midst of the flames after the French whisker had miraculously pained himself out of his car.
FIA President Jean Todt highlighted the courageous and effective action of Roberts and other medical personnel at the time of the accident.
The actions of Roberts and van der Merwe have garnered widespread praise.
For example, on social media, they are called heroes.
The driver van der Merwe received special thanks from the Grosjean stable Haas.
- Thanks to medical car driver Alan van der Merwe and track medical staff for their efforts to get to Romain so soon after the accident, the Haas stable tweet wrote.
Van der Merwe commented on the accident on a TV broadcast.
- It was a big surprise for us too.
In 12 years, I haven’t seen so much fire and a collision like that.
It took a moment to process what happened.
It was certainly only a second, but it felt like an eternity.
Then Romain started coming out of the car, which was great after an accident like that, he said.
He said he felt relief only after Grosjean had been removed from the scene of the accident in good condition.
Van der Merwek praised the fact that a lot has been invested in safety in F1.
- This just shows that all the systems we have developed work together.
Halo, track obstacles, seat belt, everything worked.
Without one of them, the end result could have been quite different.
The medical car was also ordered later on Sunday, when Lance Stroll's car spun upside down in the middle of the race.
The South African van der Merwe, 40, is himself a former racer.
He has worked in F1 as a medical car driver since 2009.
- We will be prominently displayed if we make a mistake.
That’s why most of the work is to remain as invisible as possible, he said in an interview with F1’s official website in 2017.
Story and title updated at 7:54 p.m .: clarified that Romain Grosjean got out of the car himself.
A medical car arrived at Romain Grosjean at the scene of the accident really quickly. Photo: Hamad I Mohammed / Reuters