Romain Grosjean's car explodes into a fireball on lap two of the Bahrain Grand Prix

F1 driver Romain Grosjean's car explodes into a fireball when he hits the barrier at the Bahrain Grand Prix … but miraculously manages to run away with burns to his arms and legs

Romain Grosjean suffered one of the most dramatic accidents in modern Formula 1 history at the start of the Bahrain Grand Prix – but he survived amazingly.

The Frenchman's Haas hit the wall with a 53G and burst into a ball of flames, splitting his chassis in half and amazingly sending him through the barriers. TV cameras were cut off and the race stopped.

The fear for his safety was palpable on the Sakhir racetrack, which was sparsely populated due to Covid, but suddenly triggered a collective sigh of concern.

Grosjean, 34, was then seen in the medical car before being taken to the medical center.

He was taken to an ambulance by marshals and limped while doing it. His hands and ankles were lightly burned.

It's uncommon for a Formula 1 car to burn itself, and it remains unclear what exactly happened – although he collided with Daniil Kvyat before racing away on the third corner of the first lap.

TV reruns later showed him crawling out of the car as marshals sprayed the scene to put out the flames.

It was a notable accident and part of his car went into the barrier and a stray wheel jumped over the wall.

After traveling through the barriers, he climbed to safety by humming the wall and returning to the track.