Safety workers in Bahrain saluted for saving F1 driver Romain Grosjean from fiery wreck

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The safety workers who helped extricate Romain Grosjean from a fiery wreck Sunday in the Bahrain Grand Prix are being honored by Formula One drivers, officials and the host country for helping save Grosjean’s life.

In a video posted Monday by the Haas F1 team, Grosjean thanked the track marshals, medics and firefighters for their bravery and said, “You helped me get out of that big fire and kept me alive, so thank you very much. We need you for racing. We always will be grateful you were here for me.”

The Bahrain International Circuit that played host to the race (and will hold another F1 race Sunday on a separate layout as the FIA and Formula One investigate the crash) tweeted that two track marshals had been “ordered exceptional promotion” by Bahrain’s crown prince and prime minister for their professionalism, courage and swift response in rescuing Grosjean.

After a track marshal helped douse the flames near the Amrco barrier that split the Haas F1 car in half during the first-lap crash, Grosjean was able to scramble from the wreckage to be helped away from the scene by Dr. Ian Roberts.

Roberts, who was riding with medical car driver Alan van der Merwe in the vehicle that trails the field, told that the marshal’s work was crticial to Grosjean’s escape.

“I could see Romain trying to get up,” Roberts said. “We needed some way of getting to him. We’ve got the marshal there with an extinguisher and the extinguisher was just enough to push the flame away as Romain got high enough to then reach over and pull himself over the barrier.

In a social media post Monday with video of the rescue, seven-time F1 series champion Lewis Hamilton also saluted those who quickly came to the aid of Grosjean. Hamilton, who scored his 95th career victory Sunday, has been among many drivers who also have credited the halo device with saving Grosjean’s life.

The Haas F1 team announced Monday that Grosjean likely would remain in the hospital until Tuesday while healing from burns suffered in the wreck. Test driver Pietro Fittipaldi will replace Grosjean in this Sunday’s race.

Starting lineup grid for IMSA Petit Le Mans: Tom Blomqvist puts MSR on pole position

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IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship contender Tom Blomqvist put the Meyer Shank Racing Acura at the front of the starting lineup for the Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Road Atlanta.

Blomqvist turned a 1-minute, 8.55-second lap on the 2.54-mile circuit Friday to capture his third pole position for MSR this season. Earl Bamber qualified second in the No. 02 Cadillac for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Ricky Taylor was third in the No. 10 Acura of Wayne Taylor Racing, which enters Saturday’s season finale with a 19-point lead over the No. 60 of Blomqvist and Oliver Jarvis (who will be joined by Helio Castroneves) for the 10-hour race.

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With the pole, MSR sliced the deficit to 14 points behind WTR, which will field the trio of Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque and Brendon Hartley in Saturday’s race.

“We really needed to put the car in this kind of position,” Blomqvist said. “It makes our life a little less stressful tomorrow. It would have given the No. 10 a bit more breathing space. It’s going to be a proper dogfight tomorrow. The guys gave me such a great car. It’s been fantastic this week so far, and it really came alive. I’m hugely thankful to the boys and girls at MSR for giving me the wagon today to execute my job.

“That was a big effort from me. I knew how important it was. It’s just awesome for the guys to give them some sort of reward as well. It’s always nice to be quick. If you do the pole, you know you’ve got a quick car.”

Though WTR has a series-leading four victories with the No. 10, MSR won the Rolex 24 at Daytona and has five runner-up finishes along with its three poles.

The strong performances of the ARX-05s ensure that an Acura will win the final championship in IMSA’s premier Daytona Prototype international (DPi) division, which is being rebranded as Grand Touring Prototype in the move to LMDh cars next season.

Taylor qualified third despite sliding into the Turn 5 gravel during the closing minutes of qualifying while pushing to gain points.

“Qualifying was important for points,” Taylor said. “Going into it, if we outqualified the No. 60 Meyer Shank Acura, they had a lot to lose in terms of championship points. So, we were trying to increase the gap over 20 points which would’ve made a big difference for tomorrow. We would have loved to get the pole and qualify ahead of the No. 60, but in the scheme of the points, it didn’t change a whole lot. I’m feeling good since it’s such a long race, and the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura team does such a good job strategizing and putting us in a good position.

“I’m very confident in our lineup and our team compared to them over the course of 10 hours. I’d put my two teammates up against those guys any day. I think we are all feeling optimistic and strong for tomorrow.”

In other divisions, PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports (LMP2), Riley Motorsports (LMP3), VasserSullivan (GTD Pro) and Paul Miller Racing (GTD) captured pole positions.

The broadcast of the 10-hour race will begin Saturday at 12:10-3 p.m. ET on NBC, moving at 7 p.m. to USA Network. Peacock will have flag-to-flag coverage.



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