French-Swiss Formula One racer Romain Grosjean, who survived a horrific accident in the Bahrain Grand Prix in November has called for a better understanding of how race accidents affect the brain of the driver involved.
Romain Grosjean, who finished 19th in the 2020 Championship, experienced a near-death experience at the Bahrain International Circuit, after getting involved in a dreadful accident.
In the first lap of the Bahrain GP, the Haas driver made contact with AlphaTauri’s Daniil Kvyat and his Haas VF-20 crashed into the barrier, split into two and immediately burst into flames.
The gruesome accident left Grosjean with burns on his hands and ankles, however, he was able to climb out o the wreckage himself and luckily did not sustain any fractures.
Romain Grosjean wants a focus on “what is happening under the helmet, to the brain”
Now on his recovery period, the driver wants Formula One to conduct better research on how racing accidents impact the brain of the driver involved.
“I think there are many things we learn from an incident and in my case we are lucky that I am alive, I can talk and remember everything,” Grosjean said in a recent video on his official YouTube channel.
“I’m not sure if its a good thing for me but I do remember everything and I believe some grey areas for safety in motorsport have already been understood and I see more,” the 34-year-old went on, “The next big step to me is to understand what is happening under the helmet, to the brain.”
While he himself did not suffer any damage to his head or brain, Grosjean believes a more in-depth study on how a driver’s brain reacts to a crash can help in the betterment of driver safety in future.
“…I would like to understand, with sensors on the brain where there has been an incident, what can we do better on the helmet and the headrest and safety and everything that the driver, even with big impact, stays conscious for whatever work he has to do.”
Check out the clip below-
Grosjean underwent a surgery on his left hand last week to repair the damage he sustained on his thumb ligament from the crash, as well as treatment for some other injuries his right hand suffered which were revealed after the accident.