Grosjean ‘recovering well’ from Bahrain crash; wants to return for Dec. 13 season finale

Romain Grosjean health update
Romain Grosjean

Still bandaged but in good spirits, Romain Grosjean posted a health update Tuesday morning while continuing to heal from injuries sustained in Sunday’s fiery crash in the Bahrain Grand Prix.

The Haas F1 driver was out of bed and exercising in a photo accompanying his social media post.

“Never thought that a few body weight squats would make me happy,” Grosjean wrote in his second social media update from Bahrain Defence Force hospital. “Body recovering well from the impact . Hopefully same about the burns on my hands.

“Thank you again to everyone for the messages. Ps: still very slow at typing.”

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In another video posted a few hours later, Grosjean said he would be leaving the hospital Wednesday.

Grosjean had been in the hospital since surviving the terrifying wreck on the opening lap Sunday. His Haas F1 car was split in half by the impact with an Armco barrier, and the halo device has been credited with saving Grosjean’s life.

Grosjean sustained burns on both hands after he was engulfed in flames for nearly 30 seconds but avoided any serious injuries.

Haas F1 team principal Guenther Steiner told the Formula 1 website that Grosjean was staying at the hospital for a third overnight to help with his burn treatment.

Test driver Pietro Fittipaldi, a grandson of former F1 champion Emerson Fittipaldi and former Hickory Motor Speedway champion, will replace Grosjean for Sunday’s Sakhir Grand Prix in Bahrain. Steiner said Grosjean still wants to return for the Dec. 13 season finale at Abu Dhabi, which will mark the Frenchman’s final race with the team and possibly in Formula One.

Grosjean has yet to announce his plans for 2021 as Haas F1 will be moving on from him and teammate Kevin Magnussen next season. The American-based team owned by Gene Haas announced Tuesday that Nikita Mazepin will be one of its drivers next year.

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 p.m. ET on NBC, moving at 3 p.m. to USA Network.



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