Formula 1 driver Romain Grosjean had a miraculous escape after his car exploded into a ball of fire in a horrific 140-mile crash that split the vehicle in two at the Bahrain Grand Prix.
In shocking footage, the Frenchman's car hit the wall and went up in flames when the television cameras were cut off and the race stopped.
Grosjean was trapped in the burning car for a few seconds, but was incredibly able to get to safety with the help of a doctor.
Despite the explosion, Grosjean only suffered burns and broken ribs and was flown to the hospital where he is fine.
In a different twist, a second crash occurred just moments after the second start of the race with a delay of more than an hour.
The Russian driver Daniil Kyvat, who had previously collided with Grosjean before his accident, was also involved.
Lance Stroll's car was turned upside down in the second accident, despite the Canadian reporting that he was fine and that he also managed to break free before walking away.
Haas & # 39; Romain Grosjean suffered one of the most dramatic accidents in modern F1 history
The Frenchman's car hit the wall at 53G and immediately went up in a disgusting way
The charred remains of Grosjean's vehicle were removed from the track with a crane
After the restart of the race, the Belgian-Canadian driver Lance Stroll was involved in another accident in which his car was turned upside down
Despite the shocking accident, Stroll was also able to walk away and is pictured being helped into the medical car
The security guards on the racetrack had to extinguish the huge flames from the fire during the Bahrain Grand Prix
Grosjean was helped my doctors in the back of an ambulance, even though he appeared to be escaping the car without serious injuries
After the first accident, Grosjean was trapped in the burning wreckage of his vehicle for almost 10 seconds before he somehow found a way out.
The racing footage showed security guards reaching the car immediately, but Grosjean was still trapped inside.
He managed to escape and he jumped through the flames before grabbing the scalding metal barrier as he jumped back onto the track before the stewards helped him.
Moments later, Grosjean was shown on TV chatting with the racing doctor in the medical car.
Grosjean was then helped out of the car and into an ambulance. He seemed shaken, but didn't seem injured right away, save for a slight limp.
The FIA board of directors said Grosjean was stable and was being rushed to a military hospital by helicopter.
"Romain is fine, I don't want to make a medical comment, but he had slight burns on his hands and ankles," said Haas team boss Günther Steiner.
"Obviously he's shaken … I want to thank the rescue teams who are very quick. The marshals and FIA people they did a great job, it was scary. & # 39;
It's uncommon for a Formula 1 car to go up in flames, and it remains unclear what exactly happened – although he collided with Daniil Kvyat before spinning away on the third corner of the first lap.
The driver of the ambulance, Alan van der Merwe, said: & # 39; Big surprise for us, we've never seen so much fire and such an impact in 12 years.
“We took a little time to process what was going on and then Romain got out of the car himself, which was pretty amazing.
"It shows that all of the systems we developed worked – like the halo, seat belt and barriers."
The remains of Grosjean's car, which broke in two after the accident, were cleared from the track
Grosjean was graciously able to climb out of the car and was put in an ambulance
Huge clouds of smoke billowed out of the car as the flames from the high-speed crash broke out
Grosjean, who was taken to the medical center, suffered minor burns and broken ribs
A delay of 45 minutes was expected and it was unclear whether the race would continue at all
Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton was relieved on Twitter as he waited for the race to restart.
“I am so grateful that Romain is safe. Wow … the risk we are taking is no joke for those of you who forget that we are putting our lives on the line for the sport and what we love to do, ”wrote Hamilton. "We thank the FIA for the massive steps we have taken to ensure that Romain safely walks away from it."
It seemed like an extraordinary escape after Grosjean's car was cut in half when it hit the barrier.
The accident happened when Grosjean lost his footing and slid to the right where his rear wheel locked the front of Daniil Kvyat's Alpha-Tauri and he flew into the barrier.
Grosjean's teammate Kevin Magnussen looked desperate when he saw the footage as drivers waited in the paddock for the race to restart while officers returned to the scene of the accident to pick up debris around the wrecked car.
The last fatal accident in F1 occurred in 2014 when French driver Jules Bianchi lost control of his car and crashed into a recovery vehicle in Japan
The rest of the drivers were sent back to the pits and had seen the horror smash over reruns
TV pictures showed the car in flames when marshals and emergency services were on site
Officials worked quickly to build a makeshift guardrail that destroyed the old one.
The race restarted about 1 1/2 hours later – and just a few moments later another crash followed.
The last fatal accident in F1 occurred in 2014 when French driver Jules Bianchi lost control of his car and crashed into a recovery vehicle in Japan.
He was in a coma for nine months before he died.
His death was the youngest in the sport since Ayrton Senna's death at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.
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