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"We don't know if Grosjean's heart would have taken it"

2021-01-22T08:37:28.408Z

"We do not know if Grosjean's heart would have endured an accident in Bahrain against a concrete wall," admits Alexander Wurz, president of the GPDA.



The

accident that Romain Grosjean suffered at the 2020 Bahrain GP

was one of those miracles that, from time to time, occur in the Formula 1 World Championship and demonstrate the

tremendous progress that the competition has made in terms

of driver

safety

in the races. last decades.

The Frenchman lost control of his Haas VF-20 at the exit of Turn 3 at Sakhir after

colliding

with Daniil Kvyat's Alpha Tauri and could not avoid

colliding violently at more than 220 kilometers per hour against a guardrail.

A very serious mishap that caused the American car to split in two before catching fire, where

Grosjean suffered a deceleration of 56 G-forces

(a unit that measures the increase in the speed of a body generated by gravity).

Grosjean: "I was at peace with myself and I said to myself: 'I'm going to die.'

Asked about the technical, operational and medical sections that the FIA ​​safety division has been analyzing since the beginning of December to try to avoid this kind of event in the future, Alexander Wurz points out in 'Motorsport-Total' that

the Geneva driver had a lot of lucky to hit a metal barrier,

since if the protection had been concrete, the G-forces would have increased considerably and perhaps Romain would not have been able to survive.

"At first glance, the fact that the protective barrier was split in two could seem catastrophic, but

the way it absorbed the energy was probably also an important factor that could help Romain Grosjean not lose consciousness

and only suffer minor injuries to his hands. If there had been a concrete wall at that point in the route, the G-forces would have been so high that we do not know if his heart and the rest of his organs could have supported it ", says the president of the Formula 1 Drivers Association (GPDA).

"The least pleasant moment was when my body began to relax, I was at peace with myself and I said to myself: I'm going to die.

Will it be painful? Where is it going to start? Maybe it was milliseconds, but I started thinking about my children, about that they could not lose their father, "recalled Romain Grosjean days after receiving the medical discharge in the city of Manama.

Because of the good work done in the past, now the Frenchman can say that on November 29 he lived a nightmare with a happy ending.

Him and everyone.

Source: elparis

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