Den krasch som Romain Grosjean råkade ut för förra helgen blev ett tydligt bevis på att det är långt från ofarligt med Formel 1 om olyckan är framme. Själva kraschen som sådan var illa nog men förutom det så började bilen brinna vilket är extremt ovanligt med moderna Formel 1-bilar.
Här har ni Romains egen berättelse om det som hände vilket är en mycket omskakande beskrivning av förloppet.
”I guess the big question for everyone is how was it?
Well, it is the question I had the most so if bring you through those 28 seconds – first of all, for me wasn’t quite, 28 seconds. It felt more like a minute 30 if I had to put a time on it. When the car came to a stop I opened my eyes. I undid my seatbelt straight away. The thing I didn’t remember on the next day is what did I do is the steering wheel because I don’t have the memory of taking the steering wheel out and putting it off and they say no the steering wheel was gone in between your legs, the column and everything broke and went down. So you don’t have to bother with the steering wheel.
Then I jump out and I feel like something is touching my head, I sit back down in the car and my first thought was ‘I’m going to wait. I’m upside down against the wall so I’m going to wait that someone comes and help me. So I wasn’t in stress and obviously not aware at the time there is fire. Then I look right and left, and watching on the left I see fire.
So I say ‘OK, well I don’t really have the time to wait here’. Next thing is that I tried to go up a bit more on the right. It doesn’t work. Go again on the left. It doesn’t work. Sit back down and then thought about Niki Lauda, his accident, and thought ‘it couldn’t end like this, it couldn’t be my last race, couldn’t finish like this. No way’. I try again and I’m stuck. I go back and then there’s the less pleasant moment where my body started to relax, I’m in peace with myself and I’m going to die. I asked my question, is it going to burn my shoe or my foot or my hand? Is it going to be painful? Where is it going to start?
I don’t know why I did but I decided to turn my helmet on the left-hand side and to go up like this and then try to twist my shoulder. That sort of works, but then I realise my foot is is stuck in the car. So I sit back down, I pull as hard as I can on my left leg, the shoe stayed where my foot – my foot comes out of the shoe. And then I do it again and then the shoulders are going through and at the time the shoulders are through i know I’m going to jump out. I’ve got both hands on the fire at that time. My gloves are red normally but I see that especially the left one changing colour and starting melting and going full black and I feel the pain, that my hands are in the fire. But also I feel the relief that I am out of the car.
I then jump out, I go on the barrier and then I feel Ian pulling on my overalls, so I know I’m not on my own anymore and there’s someone with me. Then I land and they like touch on my back so I’m like ”Oh shit, I’m like a running fireball”. I had the image that, you know we’ve seen a video from the FIA where they did a test, they put someone on fire and he runs around just to show the overalls were strong and I’ve got an image that I’ve got fire following me. I then shake my hands because they are very hot and I’m in pain. I remove my gloves straight away because I’ve also got that image that the skin is like doing bubbles and melting and is going ot stick to the glove. Straightaway, I want to remove both of my gloves so that the hands are…I mean, the skin doesn’t go with it.
Then Ian comes to see me and says ”SIT DOWN”! I gave him shit, I said talk to me normally, please. And I guess, he understood that I was OK at that time, that I was normal. Then we sit and we’re too close to the fire, I hear the extinguisher guys, ‘the battery is is on fire, bring some other extinguishers, bring some other extinguishers’. I then go into the medical car, sit down, they put some cold compress on my hands because I told them my hands are burning, my foot is broken. And then the pain really starts going very high, especially on the left foot. The hands were OK at the time but the left one starts being very painful. Ian then explains to me the ambulance is coming in and that they’re going to come with the bed and the I’m gonna be OK.
We keep talking, And I say ‘no, no, no, we walk into the ambulance’. ‘No, no, no, no, the bed is coming. And I said ‘no, no, no’. And I walk out of the car and I say ‘we are walking and he says ‘OK, we are going to help you;. And I guess on the medical side, it wasn’t the perfect decision but they understood, it was key at that point that there was some footage of me walking towards the ambulance even though I’d walked out of the fire, I needed to send another strong message that I was OK and, I was going to walk towards the ambulance.
Every time I met anyone, I said ‘two burned hands, one broken foot’. That’s all I could say to everyone I was meeting just because I was scared obviously of my condition and I wanted everyone that was coming and treating me to know what the symptoms were. So yeah, I guess that is the full story of 28 seconds and then the rest. But as you can imagine, it looked longer than 28 seconds with all the thoughts I had. It must have been milliseconds, but all the thoughts to me look like you know, one, two, three seconds, I don’t know.”
Som sagt en skakande berättelse om den längsta halvminuten i Romain Grosjeans liv efter en mycket allvarlig krasch och brinnande bil som, om förutsättningarna bara varit något annorlunda, hade kunnat sluta på ett väldigt tråkigt sätt.