Romain Grosjean gives fresh health update, Haas announce Pietro Fittipaldi as replacement

Romain Grosjean has given a ‘thumbs up’ to all those who sent him supportive messages in the last 24 hours following his horror crash at the Bahrain Grand Prix. The opening lap of Sunday’s race saw one of the most frightening moments in modern F1 history.

Grosjean was jostling for position when his rear tyres touched the front end of Daniil Kvyat’s AlphaTauri.

It resulted in Grosjean driving head-on into the barriers at an estimated 125mph.

The collision caused the Haas car to split in half with a fireball soon engulfing Grosjean in his race seat.

Nearly 15 seconds went by before Grosjean miraculously emerged from the inferno with brave medical staff on hand to whisk him away.

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Despite being visibly shaken, Grosjean was able to walk to the ambulance where he was taken to the hospital to undergo treatment.

And the 34-year-old has since taken to Instagram with a smiling picture from his hospital bed.

He looks in good spirits, despite his hands being bandaged up from the burns.

The caption read: “Thank you so much for all your messages

Loving life.”


While being treated for burns in the hospital, Haas still expect him to be discharged on Tuesday.

But they’re going to give Grosjean more time to recover with a replacement already announced for this weekend’s Sakhir Grand Prix.

Haas reserve driver Pietro Fittipaldi will take Grosjean’s seat.

The 24-year-old is the grandson of two-time F1 world champion Emerson Fittipaldi.

Sunday’s race will be his F1 debut having joined Haas as a reserve driver this season.

“After it was decided that the best thing for Romain was to skip at least one race, the choice to put Pietro in the car was pretty easy,” said team principal Guenther Steiner.

“Pietro will drive the VF-20 and he’s familiar with us having been around the team for the past two seasons as a test and reserve driver.

“It’s the right thing to do and it’s obviously a good opportunity for him. He’s been patient and was always prepared for this opportunity – and now it has come. That’s why we want him in the car and I’m sure he’ll do a good job. It’s very demanding being called in at the last minute, but as I said, I think it’s the right thing to do for Haas F1 Team.”

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