Sochi crash broke seat on Grosjean’s car

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Romain Grosjean has revealed that his crash during last weekend’s Russian Grand Prix was so severe that it broke the seat on his Lotus E23 Hybrid car.

Coming through the high speed turn three at the Sochi Autodrom during last Sunday’s race, Grosjean lost control and slammed into the barrier, wrecking much of his car.

Thankfully, the Frenchman walked away unharmed, and he was quick to pay tribute to the high safety standards in Formula 1.

“I’m feeling pretty good, especially considering the force of the impact – I broke my seat!” Grosjean revealed.

“It was my biggest impact for quite a while and when I knew I was going to hit the wall I took my hands off the wheel, closed my eyes and braced myself.

“It’s a testament to all the safety inherent in the car and the other safety devices, so a little thank you to Bell, HANS, Enstone, the circuit, the FIA and the marshals and medical personnel. Also a big thank you to my crew who had to pick up the pieces and put the car back together.

“We certainly had potential to be in the points, even after having to make a first lap stop to get a new front wing.”

Grosjean has now turned attention to next weekend’s United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, where he is sure to enjoy a great deal of support ahead of his move to American outfit Haas F1 Team for 2016.

“It’s amazing just how quickly this season has passed, even if it’s seemed a long, hard slog at times,” Grosjean said. “We head to Austin, Mexico, Brazil and Abu Dhabi and then it’s done! The season goes so quick. I’m certainly aiming for the best finale possible for Lotus F1 Team.

“At the moment, the part of America I know the most is Austin for the Grand Prix, and it’s a place that I – and I know, my crew, as well – really like to visit. Of course, the USA is such a big place which I would love to explore more and I’m going to get that wish fulfilled pretty soon.”