Romain Grosjean turns firefighter as racing driver attempts to put out flaming car HIMSELF during IndyCar race in Detroit… seven months after horror 140mph fireball crash in Bahrain that split his vehicle in half
- Romain Grosjean turned firefighter as he tried to put on his flaming car
- The 35-year-old came to a halt during an IndyCar race in Detroit overnight
- The front left brake of Grosjean’s car began to flame in worrying scenes
- Grosjean found a fire extinguisher and tried to put the blaze out himself
- The former Haas driver was involved in a fireball crash in Bahrain last year
Romain Grosjean went from racing driver to firefighter in a matter of seconds as the Frenchman attempted to put out his flaming car, seven months on from his fireball crash in Bahrain.
The 35-year-old was lucky to escape with his life after emerging from a raging blaze with severe burns to his hands and a sprained ankle having crashed into a barrier at 140mph during a Formula One race.
Grosjean has since left Haas and moved to IndyCar, joining Dale Coyne Racing for the current season.
Romain Grosjean has turned firefighter with the former F1 driver attempting to save his car
The 35-year-old was brought to a halt in his IndyCar as a result of a smoking front brake
The smoke turned to a flame and Grosjean got out of his car to find a fire extinguisher
However, his car came to a stop during a race in Detroit overnight after an issue with his front left brake. In concerning scenes, a flame emerged from the vehicle while Grosjean was still sat in the driver’s seat.
Yet instead of running away from the incident, Grosjean got out of his car and desperately pleaded for a fire extinguisher so he could save his car from further damage, with race stewards nowhere to be seen.
Grosjean was passed a fire extinguisher through a fence by a bystander and, retuning to the car with the extinguisher at the ready, safety workers eventually arrived on the scene and moved the Frenchman away to attend to the fire.
The Frenchman was handed a fire extinguisher by a bystander with no sign of officials
A safety team arrived on the scene to attend to the fire during the race in Detroit, Michigan
Grosjean appeared frustrated as he was hauled away from the flaming car by a steward
Grosjean posed in a Detroit Fire department t-shirt after the race and appeared in good spirit
The 35-year-old joked that he cares about his racing cars after his heroics in Detroit
Grosjean appeared frustrated during the incident but insisted after the race that ‘we’re all good’ as his race came to a halt.
‘Eventually we had a brake fire, and I had to extinguish a fire, but we’re all good here,’ he said. Grosjean also tweeted: ‘I care about my racing cars.’
He also took to Instagram to share an image of himself in a Detroit Fire Department t-shirt with the caption: ‘Better to laugh than cry’.
However, some fans have questioned the speediness of the safety crew at Detroit
But racing fans have taken to social media to question why it took officials so long to attend the incident.
‘Why was the safety car and crew so slow to respond?’ one Twitter user wrote.
‘Feel so sorry for him,’ another said. ‘Must have been a bad experience to be close to flames again.’
‘Step your game up #INDYCAR,’ another fan wrote. ‘If Formula 1 would have taken this long in Bahrain last Romain would not have survived.’
Grosjean was involved in a fireball crash at Bahrain in his last ever race in Formula One
The 35-year-old was rescued after he crashed into the barriers in distressing scenes
Grosjean suffered severe burns to his hands and a sprained ankle after the incident in Bahrain