Romain Grosjean's terrible accident at the Bahrain Grand Prix is still having an impact in Formula 1.
The Frenchman hit the guardrail on the first lap in Sakhir at around 220 km / h.
His car immediately caught fire and broke in two.
The 34-year-old was able to free himself from the wreck.
Two days after the accident, Grosjean spoke about the dramatic moments for the first time.
The Haas pilot described the French TV stations TF1 and LCI that he had tried three times to escape from the wrecked car that was in flames until he was finally able to free himself.
“I am happy to be alive after this accident,” said Grosjean.
Formula 1 driver Grosjean reports with a video message
Romain Grosjean sends a message from the hospital in a patient's gown: He is fine.
The Haas pilot survived the crash in Bahrain without much damage.
He owes his life to a controversial invention.
Source: WELT / Christoph Hipp
As soon as he was free, helpers with fire extinguishers were on the spot.
Grosjean also had to think of Niki Lauda's fire accident in 1976 during his struggle for survival.
“I was most afraid for my relatives, my children in the first place, but also for my father and my mother, I really wasn't afraid for myself.
I saw death coming, I had no choice but to get out of it, ”said Grosjean.
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The French only got burns on the back of his hand from the terrible crash.
Nevertheless he will not start in the next race.
The penultimate race of the season also takes place in Bahrain.
It is best for him to "suspend at least one race", said team boss Günther Steiner after a visit to Grosjean in the hospital.
Grosjean wants to be back in the cockpit at the season finale
As a precaution, Grosjean will stay another night in the clinic.
The healing is going as planned, Steiner said.
“There was no setback.” Originally, a possible discharge on Tuesday was assumed.
As the US racing team Haas announced, the Brazilian Pietro Fittipaldi, 24, will make his debut in the motorsport premier class for the injured Frenchman.
Grosjean wants to be back at the season finale on December 13th.
"He's trying to get back in the car in Abu Dhabi," said Steiner.
"That is his goal now."