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Romain Grosjean Shows Off Huge Hand Burns 12 Months After Horror F1 Crash

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Romain Grosjean Shows Off Huge Hand Burns 12 Months After Horror F1 Crash

Romain Grosjean has shown off the massive scars on his hands almost 12 months on from his horror F1 crash.

The retired driver was involved in one of the biggest crashes in F1 history when his Haas car went hurtling into the barriers at 140mph at last year's Bahrain Grand Prix.

As soon as Grosjean swerved into the steel barrier, his car became engulfed in a giant ball of flames with Grosjean himself stuck inside.

It seemed like an eternity that the Frenchman was sitting in the cockpit while the flames surrounded him.

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But somehow, miraculously, Grosjean finally emerged from the fire and hopped over the piping hot fance to scramble to safety - with the held of track marshals, of course.

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Now, almost a year since the viral incident which shocked the world, Grosjean has revealed the scars that he was left with.

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"The right is good, the left a little less good," he said while showing former F1 world champion Nico Rosberg on a video call.

"I can almost live normally. I cannot cope with the cold. I cannot have sun on it for two years.

"It's painful 23 hours a day. I need to do rehab and exercise every 10 minutes just to not lose mobility.

"It's not all nice, but I've got my two hands and I can drive a car, I can cuddle my kids, play with them and that's what matters.

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In the wake of the scary events that unfolded in Bahrain, Grosjean was thankful to those that helped him, but also delved into that thoughts and emotions that popped into his dead as he was cheating death.

"To come out of the flames that day is something that will mark my life forever," he said.

"I have a lot of people who have shown me love and it has touched me a lot, and at times I get a bit teary-eyed.

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"I don't know if the word miracle exists or if it can be used, but in any case I would say it wasn't my time [to die].

"It felt much longer than 28 seconds. I saw my visor turning all orange, I saw the flames on the left side of the car.

"I thought about a lot of things, including Niki Lauda, and I thought that it wasn't possible to end up like that, not now. I couldn't finish my story in Formula One like that.

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"And then, for my children, I told myself that I had to get out. I put my hands in the fire, so I clearly felt it burning on the chassis.

"I got out, then I felt someone pulling on the suit, so I knew I was out."

Topics: Crash, Formula 1, F1, Australia, Romain Grosjean

Max Sherry
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