Haas’ Romain Grosjean has been taken to the hospital for a check-up in the wake of a horrific opening lap accident at the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Amid jostling on the first lap at the Bahrain International Circuit Grosjean moved right through the exit of Turn 3 to avoid slower cars ahead but made contact with the AlphaTauri of Daniil Kvyat.
Grosjean speared across the front of Kvyat at high-speed into the inside retaining barrier and upon impact the car was split in half, with the chassis lodging upside down in the armco.
The car burst into flames upon impact and the race was immediately red-flagged.
Grosjean was quickly extricated by the crew following in the Medical Car and limped gingerly to an ambulance, where he was transported to the Medical Centre.
Haas has confirmed that Grosjean “has some minor burns on his hands and ankles but otherwise he is okay” and is being transported to BDF Military Hospital with a suspected broken rib(s).
There will be a sizeable time delay, of at least 45 minutes, while repairs are undertaken to the wrecked barrier.