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Back in November of 2020, French racing driver for the Haas Formula 1 team, Romain Grosjean, gave the motoring world a serious scare when he crashed at over 200km/h during the Bahrain Grand Prix. As scary as the crash and resulting fireball was, he was definitely being watched over by his guardian angels because his only injuries were burns to his hands and ankles. The burns were serious, but the man survived and was able to carry on with life as normal. The major crash happened on the first lap of the race when Grosjean's Haas F1 car made contact with the AlphaTauri of Daniil Kvyat and went off the track at high speed. The car smashed into the barriers with so much force that it split the car in two and because the car was fully fueled, the impact resulted in a massive fireball that left Grosjean's car engulfed in flames. Grosjean was in the car for nearly half a minute after it caught fire and he managed to extricate himself from the wreckage. He was stabilised at the track and then promptly airlifted to a nearby hospital where the extensive treatment for his injuries would begin. The initial cause of the crash was later determined to be a combination of factors that included making contact with Daniil Vyacheslavovich Kvyat’s AlphaTauri car, the angle at that the Haas car hit the barriers, and the design of the barriers themselves.

The crash led to increased safety measures in Formula 1 being changed to improve driver safety, including a new crash-barrier design and the development of enhanced protective clothing for drivers. The remains of the car have stayed hidden at where the FIA hides things, until now because the burned-out wreck of the 2020 Haas F1 car was recently put on display at a Formula 1 exhibition in Madrid, Spain. To make the experience a little more impactful the remains of the chassis is displayed in a glass case, headed by the word survival while a video of the accident plays in the background. The structural integrity looks ok considering the last recorded speed before hitting the barrier was 221 km/h (137 mph). The fire damage is just scary because all those charred bits take longer to burn than human flesh. The ticketed Spanish exhibition is currently displayed at the IFEMA venue in the Spanish capital, looks at the past, present and future of the sport and is being staged in association with Formula One and it includes more than 350 objects and a trio of historical cars and the public will be able to attend from Friday (March 24) until June.

Take a look at the YouTube video from back in 2020 when Hass team driver had an accident at over 200 km/h that ended in a fireball that saw him stuck in the car for over a minute, but that he luckily escaped from with burns to his hands and ankles because the safety system did their job: Romain Grosjean crash Bahrain GP 2020 | Formula 1 races clips

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