Grosjean discharged from hospital after horror smash
Dec 31 2020
He told a French broadcaster that he "saw death coming" as he was trying to escape his burning vehicle - and that "for my children, I told myself that I had to get out".
Grosjean was released from hospital on Wednesday.
"I wasn't for the halo some years ago but I think its the greatest thing that we brought to Formula One and without it, I wouldn't be able to speak to you today", said Grosjean. "Even if it's complicated for those close to me, it's a need for me to get back into a Formula 1 auto, to see where I am, if I can continue to drive".
"They just said it's a safer environment, I guess mostly because of the burns".
Grosjean escaped from the fiery accident in Bahrain without severe injuries and is being treated in hospital for second-degree burns on the backs of his hands.
However, he wants to return for the last race of the season, assuming he gets medical clearance to drive.
Grosjean gave thanks for the messages he had received, but said again that he was eager to be back in the auto in time for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Michael Schumacher's 21-year-old son Mick is joining the F1 grid for 2021, with Haas confirming the German will partner Russian Nikita Mazepin in a new-look driver line-up.
Grosjean also posted a social media picture of his bandaged right hand, with the message: 'My right hand this morning. "That is his aim now, to heal up [and] that he wants to do Abu Dhabi". "Hopefully, some other drivers have spoken up, but if that's not how we all really feel, I'll be very surprised".
"It was nearly like a second birth".
The auto hit the barrier as it split into two and immediately caught in flames.
The stewards at the Bahrain International Circuit believed Kvyat to be at fault, and he felt the ten second penalty that ruined his race was undeserved as he believed he was far enough alongside Stroll for him to give space to him. I saw that my whole visor was orange and there were flames to the left of the vehicle.
Images of the burning vehicle were evocative of a more unsafe era of Formula One, such as when three-time world champion Lauda was administered the last rites after suffering severe burns and scorched lungs in an accident at the 1976 German Grand Prix. I couldn't finish my story in Formula One like that.
"It hits home for a driver, but I am grateful that he is safe and he was able to get out and it is a stark reminder of how risky this sport can be". I put my hands in the fire, so I clearly felt it burning on the chassis. Then I felt someone pull my race suit so I understood I was out.
A replay showed exactly how lucky Grosjean had been, with footage of the Haas violently plowing through the barrier.
Grosjean acknowledged he would likely need to discuss the trauma of such a dramatic accident as he feared he would be killed.
"He remembers how he wanted to get out, or how he got out, he explained that very well to me", said Steiner.