Today’s Formula 1 event in Bahrain almost claimed the life of Haas driver Romain Grosjean.
Thankfully, advancements in technology, car and driver safety meant he was able to walk away relatively unscathed in the grand scheme of things.
His car, however, did not survive, effectively torn in two before exploding into flames on the first lap of today’s race.
Grosjean was removed to hospital following the crash with minor burns to his hands and ankles. It appears the halo head-protection device in the car was the difference between walking away and not.
Haas team boss Guenther Steiner added he may have suffered a suspected broken rib in the impact but by anyone’s reckoning is extremely lucky to be able to walk away from the incident.
Sky Sports F1 were broadcasting the race and you can see the moment the crash happened above.
There are two more events in this year’s calendar – Sakhir on 6 December and the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi on 13 December.