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 Formula1.com 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.
Marshals, medics, firefighters 🙏
Thank you for your bravery.
— Haas F1 Team (@HaasF1Team) November 30, 2020
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.
This could have been any one of us sitting in hospital but the strength he’s shown is amazing to see. I’d like to thank our marshals and medical team for being on the scene and tending to Romain without hesitation. Knowing that you’re there to pick us up when we fall is helpful. pic.twitter.com/MHoUlQf3Ix
— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) November 30, 2020
Dr Ian Roberts and F1 Medical Car driver Alan van der Merwe discuss those crucial few seconds following @RGrosjean's crash in Bahrain
— Formula 1 (@F1) November 29, 2020