Sunday, June 20, 2021

Hamilton wins Bahrain GP as Grosjean survives car fire explosion

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Lewis Hamilton took his 11th victory of the season in a Bahrain Grand Prix notable for a violent, fiery crash by Haas driver Romain Grosjean.

Grosjean was taken to hospital with burns to the back of both hands after his car pierced the barriers on the first lap.

 

The burning Haas was trapped sideways in the barrier, with nearly 30 seconds passing before Grosjean climbed clear as medical crews rushed to help.

 

Hamilton was in control throughout to beat Red Bull's Max Verstappen.

 

Grosjean's crash was an incident the like of which has not been seen for many years.

 

The Franco-Swiss triggered it himself after veering dramatically across the track between Turns Three and Four and colliding with Daniil Kvyat's Alpha Tauri.

 

That sent him hurtling towards the barriers, which he hit at an angle that would normally not create such a dramatic effect.

 

But the car speared between layers of the barrier, and the twisting force generated split it in two.

 

The fracture released fuel, and the car, now lodged in the barrier, burst into flames.

 

Grosjean was in the inferno for several seconds before he managed to extricate himself and was helped over the barrier by FIA doctor Ian Stewart, who was in the medical car that rushed to the scene.

 

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