F1 Bahrain Grand Prix LIVE: Romain Grosjean 'minor burns' after huge fireball crash, car splits in half – latest updates

THE Bahrain GP has been suspended after a horrendous crash involving Romain Grosjean on the first lap of the race.

Currently the action remains red-flagged but Grosjean has miraculously escaped with just minor burns despite a huge fireball upon impact with the barrier.

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  • Ben Hunt

    AND HAAS BOSS GUNTHER STEINER

    “Romain is doing okay, I don't want to make a medical comment but he had light burns on his hands and ankles.

    “Obviously he's shaken… I want to thank the rescue crews who are very quick. The marshals and FIA people they did a great job, it was scary”

  • Ben Hunt

    WORDS FROM LEWIS HAMILTON

    “I'm so grateful Romain is safe. Wow… the risk we take is no joke, for those of you out there that forget that we put our life on the line for this sport and for what we love to do.

    “Thankful to the FIA for the massive strides we've taken for Romain to walk away from that safely”

  • Jim Sheridan

    MIRACULOUS ESCAPE

  • Ben Hunt

    A MINIMUM OF A 45 MINUTE DELAY

    As they repair the barriers.

    Grosjean is shaken up and going to see the doctors for checks.

  • Ben Hunt

    UPDATE ON GROSJEAN

    The Haas team say he has “minor burns on his hands an ankles”.

  • Ben Hunt

    BREAK IN ACTION

    There is going to be a long delay while they repair the barriers.

  • Ben Hunt

    NO IDEA HOW HE ESCAPED THAT

    Incredible that he walked away from that smash.

  • Jim Sheridan

    LENGTHY DELAY

    It's miraculous that Grosjean escaped the crash intact – the halo appears to have taken the full impact into the barrier.

  • Ben Hunt

    WOW THAT WAS A LUCKY ESCAPE

    Grosjean's Haas has been ripped in two, it exploded on impact and, somehow, he was able to walk away from that.

  • Ben Hunt

    GROSJEAN IS OK

    He is in the medical car already and speaking to the medics.

    That was astonishing.

    His car literally burst into flames.

  • Ben Hunt

    RED FLAG

    Romain Grosjean has gone into the barriers and his Haas has exploded in flames.

    Crikey, that was spectacular.

    Big shunt that.

    Race has been stopped.

    Hamilton had got away cleanly while Bottas sank like a stone.

    Awaiting news on Grosjean.

  • Ben Hunt

    FORMATION LAP

    All the cars have got away. No mechanical problems so far.

    Should be a decent start. This track usually delivers a good race.

  • Ben Hunt

    FLY PAST COMPLETE

    Sure it looks impressive for sponsors Gulf Air, but somewhat against F1's drive to be carbon neutral by 2030.

  • Ben Hunt

    20 MINUTES UNTIL THE RACE

    Just set for the anthem and the anti-racism message as we edge closer to the start of the race.

    Can anyone stop Lewis Hamilton from converting his pole into an 11th win of the season?

    My money is on Max Verstappen as being best placed to do so. The Dutchman is in P3.

  • Jim Sheridan

    TYRE STRATEGIES

    Moving onto today's action – but staying with burning rubber – here are the possible race strategies as we approach lights out in Bahrain.

    Our live coverage comes at you right here from 2pm…

  • Jim Sheridan

    TYRED OF THIS

    Lewis Hamilton has suggested that F1 reintroduce a tyre war – with Pirelli's 2021 rubber prototype in the firing line.

    The champ wasn't impressed after samping the C3 tyres in practice, stating that the company had been given 'two years to develop a better' effort.

    He said: “It's difficult for us drivers to say [what we think about the tyres].

    “We try to be constructive, we try to be supportive in the background and nothing changes.

    “And then even when we say something not too positive in the media nothing changes.

    “I do miss the tyre war that used to happen in Formula 1. I think with that, it's great.

    “When you don't have any competition, you've got no one to base yourself on.

    “Formula 1 needs to do something different in the future and that's something we need to do.”

  • Jim Sheridan

    ICYMI – BIG STAPP FORWARD

    Red Bull's Max Verstappen is “pretty positive” about his chances as he starts in third place for the Bahrain GP.

    The Belgian-Dutch driver said: “Just lacking a little bit in qualifying.

    “It is quite aggressive on tyres here and it should be quite an interesting race.”

  • Jim Sheridan

    WEATHER REPORT

    We've had some horrific conditions the last few weeks, including that skating rink in Turkey.

    No such worries today – 27c currently in Sakhir, with less than five percent chance of rain.

  • Jim Sheridan

    THE GRID

    With the countdown well and truly on to the Bahrain GP, let's take a look at how the drivers will line-up in a few hours time…

  • Jim Sheridan

    ICYMI

    Lewis Hamilton continued his stranglehold on the Formula One season after taking pole position for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

    It was Hamilton’s tenth pole of the season and he will now go in search of his 11th win of the campaign – despite having already wrapped up the title.

    Hamilton’s teammate, Valtteri Bottas, will line up in second place on the grid as Mercedes made it 11 front-row lockouts in 2020.

    The world champion had promised that he would not let up on his quest to keep on winning – and he showed that with a commanding performance for his 98th pole position.

    Max Verstappen will line up in third place on the grid with the Dutchman the best of the rest.

    His Red Bull teammate, Alex Albon, is in fourth and Sergio Perez will line up in fifth place for today's race.

  • Jim Sheridan

    THE COUNTDOWN IS ON

    Race day in Bahrain and the excitement is building ahead of lights out at 2.10pm GMT.

  • Jim Sheridan

    YOU HAAS TO BE JOKING

    It was a day to forget yesterday for Haas, who were the slowest team in qualifying – and it hardly looks like they are looking forward to racing today.

    Team principal Guenther Steiner was fairly scathing of their chances on the outer circuit next week after another sub-par performance.

    “It’s not that I’m looking forward to next week, to be honest. If you think this is bad, wait for next week.

    “We know why we are where we are at the moment, so we just try to make the best out of it.

    “You never know what can happen. Obviously we have the slowest car here this weekend and we have to live with it.”

  • Jim Sheridan

    CLEWLESS

    Lewis Hamilton's rivals have no idea how to stop him from setting more Formula One records.

    Hamilton, who has already sewn up a joint-record seventh world title, is on course to set a new benchmark for wins in a season.

    Hamilton was unstoppable as he took pole for Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix and is now poised to win this season’s remaining three races.

    If he can do that, it would take his tally to 13 victories in 17 GPs.

    That would not only mean he levels Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher's record for the most wins in a year, but it would give him a win percentage of 76.47 per cent — beating Alberto Ascari’s record from 1952.

    No wonder then that his nearest competitors are left feeling that the only way they can stop him winning is by locking him up in a cupboard.

    Champ Hamilton, 35, said: “I came today and I was like, let’s just have fun and enjoy it.

    “That’s the most important thing, to enjoy what you’re doing.”

  • Joe Brophy

    MORNING F1 FANS

    Lewis Hamilton claims he's seeking fun not records for the rest of the season – as the world champ eyes his 11th victory of 2020 this afternoon.

    Now F1's most successful driver ever, including seven titles, the Brit roared to a tenth pole this term and 98th of his career for the Bahrain GP.

    But he insists: “With the pressure off, it's a lot more enjoyable.

    “It's been an incredible year and anything from now is just an added bonus.”

    Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas starts beside Hamilton on the front grid, with Red Bull duo Max Verstappen and Alexander Albon third and fourth respectively.

    Hamilton's team boss Toto Wolff said of his main man: “He's won the championship and still so motivated and showing these kinds of performances.”

    Yet Mercedes have not done race-simulation runs on medium or hard tyres, which are likely to dominate the race.

    And in fact Verstappen was fastest in final practice, only to suffer when the sun dimmed and the grip came up.

    The “pretty positive” Belgian-Dutch driver said: “The weekend was pretty positive. It is quite aggressive on tyres here and it should be quite an interesting race.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    BIG STAPP FORWARD

    Red Bull's Max Verstappen is “pretty positive” about his chances as he starts in third place for the Bahrain GP.

    The Belgian-Dutch driver said: “Just lacking a little bit in qualifying.

    “It is quite aggressive on tyres here and it should be quite an interesting race.”

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