The picture of Romain grosjean trying to get out of the cockpit of the car is still unforgettable. The account of the doctors of the Formula 1 added a lot of epic to the most shocking moment of the last years of the category. However, the word of the protagonist was missing, who had not yet shared the experience lived this Sunday.
The Frenchman gave the first interview after the accident, this Tuesday. The pilot of Haas He spoke with the TF1 network in his country. In this interview, Grosjean commented that he remembered the most shocking moment of his life. In addition, he said that he remembered another unforgettable accident in Formula 1: that of Niki Lauda at the Nürburgring on August 1, 1976.
«I saw death coming»
The Frenchman assured that he remembered Lauda’s accident after crashing this Sunday in Bahrain. «I don’t know if the word miracle exists or if it can be used, but in any case I would say that it was not my moment. It seemed like a lot more than 28 seconds. I see my visor turn orange, I see the flames on the left side of the car. I thought about many things, including Niki Lauda, and I thought it was not possible to end like this. Not now, I couldn’t end my story in Formula 1 like this ».
The memory of their children
On the other hand, the Haas pilot commented that his children were one of the fundamental supports to be able to get out of the fire that almost killed him. Then, for my children, I told myself that I had to go out. I put my hands in the fire so I clearly felt the chassis burn. I went out, and then I felt someone pulling my jumpsuit, so I knew I was out, “he added.
“I was more afraid for my family and friends, obviously for my children, who are my greatest source of pride and energy, than for myself in the end. I think some psychological work will have to be done, because I really saw death coming. Even in Hollywood they can’t make pictures like that. It is the biggest accident I have ever seen in my life. The car caught fire, exploded and the battery also caught fire, so it added a lot of energy to the impact, “said the Frenchman.