Formula 1
Formula 1
28 Mar
FP1 in
62 days
R
Emilia Romagna GP
18 Apr
Race in
85 days
09 May
Next event in
102 days
23 May
Race in
120 days
R
Azerbaijan GP
06 Jun
Race in
134 days
13 Jun
Race in
141 days
27 Jun
Race in
155 days
04 Jul
Next event in
158 days
18 Jul
Race in
176 days
R
Hungarian GP
01 Aug
Race in
190 days
29 Aug
Race in
218 days
05 Sep
Race in
225 days
12 Sep
Race in
232 days
26 Sep
Race in
246 days
R
Singapore GP
03 Oct
Next event in
249 days
10 Oct
Race in
259 days
R
United States GP
24 Oct
Race in
274 days
31 Oct
Race in
281 days
R
Australian GP
21 Nov
Race in
301 days
R
Saudi Arabia GP
05 Dec
Race in
316 days
R
Abu Dhabi GP
12 Dec
Race in
323 days

Vettel: F1 guardrails "not supposed to fail like that"

shares
comments
Vettel: F1 guardrails "not supposed to fail like that"
By:

Sebastian Vettel questioned the failure of the guardrail during Romain Grosjean's crash at the start of the Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix ahead of a full investigation.

Grosjean crashed on the opening lap of Sunday's race after making contact with Daniil Kvyat at the exit of Turn 3, sending his Haas car into the wall on the right-hand side of the track at high speed.

The crash saw Grosjean's car get torn in half, leaving the monocoque including the halo and survival cell embedded in the metal guardrail while a big fire began.

Grosjean was able to escape from the fire before being met by the FIA medical staff who were quick to attend the scene. Grosjean has since been taken to hospital with a suspected broken rib, as well as burns to his hands and ankles.

Officials from F1 and the FIA have been quick to announce they will complete a full investigation into the accident, but Ferrari driver Vettel questioned why the guardrail failed and was pierced by the car.

"I haven't really looked at the images a lot, because I didn't want to, but the main thing is he got out," Vettel said.

"I don't know how to be honest, but obviously the guardrail is not supposed to fail like that. It's good that the cars are safer as they used to be in the past, but the guard rail shouldn't fail and the car shouldn't catch fire in that fashion.

"There's a lot of precautions that it doesn't catch fire, so I don't know what happened there. It's difficult to say at this stage, but the main thing is that he got out."

Read Also:

The presence of the halo has been widely credited with saving Grosjean's life due to the way it was embedded in the middle of the barrier.

"Had the halo not been there, I'm sure it would have been an incredibly different outcome," said Williams driver George Russell.

"The way he walked away anyway was incredible. The safety has moved along so much in recent years so we can only be grateful."

"It was horrible, initially I didn't know what happened, and when I saw the images I was shocked," added AlphaTauri driver Pierre Gasly.

"From my generation, I've never seen things like this. In the past I think it was more common but it was really scary.

"When I saw Romain got out of the car, I was really happy to see him jumping out. It's just scary, I had no idea a Formula 1 car could break that way, especially going through the barriers."

Charles Leclerc was one of the most vocal drivers on team radio in the aftermath of the accident asking for updates on Grosjean's condition, having seen the accident in his rear-view mirrors.

"I saw it live and I came straightaway on the radio, I was very worried," Leclerc said.

"If you hear my radio messages, obviously I just wanted to have the good news that Romain was OK, and then arriving in Turn 9, I still had no news and I saw also the fire, so I was starting to worry a lot.

"But luckily I think he's fine. I don't know how fine he is, let's say, but the good thing is he jumped out of the car.

"It's incredible. If you see the crash, I struggled to believe once he jumped out of the car, so it's congratulations to the guys that are doing the safety on the cars."

Related video

Kvyat was "angry" with Grosjean's move before he saw crash

Previous article

Kvyat was "angry" with Grosjean's move before he saw crash

Next article

Ricciardo disgusted by "disrespectful" Grosjean replays

Ricciardo disgusted by "disrespectful" Grosjean replays
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Event Bahrain GP
Drivers Sebastian Vettel , Romain Grosjean
Author Luke Smith