Romain Grosjean considers himself very lucky to be alive today. The driver had a huge shunt at turn 3 of the opening lap at Bahrain GP. The car not only broke in half but also caught fire in the part that he was in. He was in the fire for 28 seconds, any longer, and he might have been a dead man walking.
The Frenchman is most certainly leaving the sport for good at the end of this season. Previously, he was contemplating a move to Indy Racing as his next career move. However, his death-defying crash has left him doubtful of a move.
Adamant that he does not want to put his family through something like that again, he said, “Obviously, we were talking about IndyCar at one point, but I’m having the thought now that to add the risk of ovals. Where you can have big shunts and having my family far away and seeing on TV, it’s hard. And I don’t know if I could make it.”
Romain Grosjean won’t race without Halo in the future
However, if the Haas driver decides to eventually continue with his racing career, he won’t do so without his savior.
The 10-time race winner was previously against the safety equipment but now his stance has changed, “When you go through what I went through on Sunday, it’s not involvement that you have, it’s a duty to help… Halo is the best thing. I wouldn’t race any car without a halo.”
He is looking at the bigger picture now; life is not just about fast cars to him now. He appreciates the value of life more now and is clear that he isn’t prioritizing racing over his family –
“Last week the priority was to sign a contract and find a way to go racing in 2021. The priority now is a bit different and, if I don’t race in 2021, I’ll be cycling, kite surfing, spending time with my kids. Enjoying life and having time off which I didn’t have since I was 17.”
Hopefully, Romain can have a proper farewell at the season-ending Abu Dhabi; and then, needless to say, a peaceful retirement.