Brawn: Limit on control measures for Grosjean impact

Jamie Woodhouse
Romain Grosjean PA

Romain Grosjean wants Formula 1 to conduct research that results in ways of helping more drivers stay conscious after high-speed crashes such as his in Bahrain.

Ross Brawn has assured that improvements will be chased after Romain Grosjean’s Bahrain crash, but options could be limited.

Grosjean thankfully emerged with only minor injuries from his horrifying crash at the Bahrain Grand Prix, which saw his Haas split in two and burst into flames as it crashed in to and actually pierced a barrier at the side of the Bahrain International Circuit.

And while Brawn, Formula 1’s managing director, saw several things in the incident which he wasn’t happy with like the splitting barrier and fire, he said possible improvements on the situation are “limited” due to the severity of the impact.

Nonetheless, the FIA and Formula 1 will search hard to find them.

“It was a huge shock, as fire is something I’ve not seen in F1 for a very long time, and I was immediately thinking, what could have caused it as the fuel tank is so well protected? Obviously there’s oil in the car and there’s other fluids, but it was strange when I saw the fire,” he wrote in his column for the Formula 1 website.

“It wasn’t until I saw the severity of the accident you could understand why the fuel had escaped. So the first shock was just seeing the fire. Then when you see the seriousness of the accident, your first thoughts are with the driver. You immediately worry about the health of the driver.

“Seeing Romain jump out of the car was a massive relief. Our producers didn’t put the footage out until they knew Romain was safe, which is our protocol. I think everyone is proud of the safety measures which have been developed over the last few years. The halo played a huge part.

“The FIA, working with the team, have to understand the dynamics of what happened in the accident to see if improvements are possible. It was a pretty severe impact and there are limits as to what you’d be able to contain or control. But penetrating the barrier like that has to be understood. It also has to be understood why there was a fire and why the car broke in two.

“These are the things that the FIA will now take the time to analyse and work out what can be done better. Hats off to everyone involved, because the driver walked away from a huge accident. And the FIA did a super job getting everything back in shape so that we could run the race in as safe a way as possible.”

Grosjean is set to be released from hospital on Tuesday, but his place in the Sakhir Grand Prix will be taken by Haas reserve driver Pietro Fittipaldi.

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