French Method One driver Romain Grosjean mentioned he considered Niki Lauda’s fiery crash and willed himself to get out of his burning Haas for the sake of his youngsters, as he “noticed demise coming” after his accident in Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix.
“I noticed my visor all orange, the flames round me, and the accident of Niki Lauda got here to thoughts and I did not need to find yourself like that,” the 34-year-old father of three informed TF1 and LCI from his Bahrain hospital room in an interview reproduced on the French broadcasters’ web sites.
“I needed to get out, for my youngsters. I noticed demise coming, I had no different choice however to get out of there,” added Grosjean within the feedback translated from French.
Grosjean’s Haas automotive careered off the observe at excessive velocity on the opening lap of the floodlit Bahrain Grand Prix. The automotive speared via the protecting limitations lining the observe in a 53G impression that cut up it in half and burst into flames.
The Frenchman, who had remained acutely aware all through, miraculously extracted himself from the blazing wreckage earlier than being helped to security by hearth marshals and FIA medical doctors.
Pictures of the burning automotive had been evocative of a extra harmful period of Method One equivalent to when three-time world champion Lauda was administered the final rites after struggling extreme burns and scorched lungs in an accident on the 1976 German Grand Prix.
The Austrian, who died final yr on the age of 70, was again in his Ferrari simply six weeks later, his wounds nonetheless bandaged and therapeutic.
Grosjean suffered little greater than burns to the highest of his palms which he jokingly referred to within the interview as “Mickey Mouse” palms due to the bandages swaddling them.
He mentioned the accident felt like a “rebirth” that will mark him for all times.
Grosjean, who is ready to be discharged from hospital on Wednesday after spending an additional evening there, is ready to go away Method One subsequent season. He will likely be changed by Haas reserve Pietro Fittipaldi for the upcoming Sakhir Grand Prix.
Nevertheless, Grosjean is set to return for the season-ending Abu Dhabi race on Dec. 13 which is prone to be his swan tune.
“Although it’s sophisticated for these near me, it’s a want for me to get again right into a Method One automotive, to see the place I’m, if I can proceed to drive,” he mentioned.