Grosjean reports on the hell of fire
Romain Grosjean survived a terrible fire accident at the Bahrain GP – also because a lot is being done for safety. Now he is reporting on it for the first time.
Grosjean compares his accident to Niki Lauda’s
Four drivers were not so lucky and died in Formula 1 races because their cars went up in flames: Stuart Lewis-Evans at the 1958 Morocco GP, Lorenzo Bandini at the 1967 Monaco GP, Jo Schlesser at the 1968 French GP or Roger Williamson at the Dutch Grand Prix in 1973. Ronnie Peterson would have survived his fire accident in 1978, but died in hospital of an embolism.
Romain Grosjean survived a terrible fire accident at the Bahrain GP.
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The racing suits are made from a fireproof material called Nomex. In them, the racing drivers can survive temperatures of up to 840 degrees for 35 seconds. It took Grosjean 27 seconds to free himself from the glowing hell. Not only overalls, but also shoes, underwear, gloves and face masks are now made from the special synthetic fiber.
This not only protects drivers from the fire itself, but also from aggressive gases and acids. This is not unimportant, especially with the modern Formula 1 racers. Thanks to the hybrid elements, batteries with toxic materials are also on board. A racing suit costs 1200 euros, weighs 1.9 kilograms and has to withstand a fire of 820 degrees for ten seconds beforehand. That also saved Grosjean, although the Frenchman lost a shoe in his crash.