Romain Grosjean leaves hospital with aim of racing in Abu Dhabi


Romain Grosjean has left hospital to continue his recovery from burns suffered in the Bahrain Grand Prix, as he aims to return for the final race of the season

Romain Grosjean portrait from 2018

Grosjean is out of hospital (image from before his Bahrain accident)

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Romain Grosjean has left hospital following his fiery crash at last weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix.

The Haas driver posted a picture showing some of the bandages removed from his hands, which suffered second-degree burns in the fireball that erupted after his car was split in two.

Grosjean won’t be returning home, but will stay in Bahrain as he continues to recover.

Pietro Fittipaldi will replace him in Sunday’s Sakhir Grand Prix but he is hoping to return for his final race with Haas in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix next week.

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“Romain Grosjean was discharged from the care of the Bahrain Defence Force Hospital at 10.30am local time Wednesday,” said Haas in a statement.

“Grosjean spent three nights in hospital following Sunday’s incident. He will continue private treatment for the burns suffered on the back of his hands and will remain in Bahrain for the time being.”

The first pictures Grosjean shared following the crash, showed bulky bandages wrapped around his hands and fingers.

This morning, he showed how his recovery is progressing with an photo of uncovered fingers on his right arm. “The happiness I had when I was told that I didn’t need the full dressing any more and could use my finger was huge,” wrote Grosjean. “Almost cried. A victory on my way to recover.”

Next weekend’s race in Abu Dhabi is likely to be the last chance Grosjean has to race in Formula 1 for the foreseeable future, as he and team-mate Kevin Magnussen will be replaced by Nikita Mazepin and Mick Schumacher next season.

“He wants to be in Abu Dhabi,” said Haas team principal, Guenther Steiner yesterday. “I said ‘try to get better, we speak on Sunday or Monday and see if it’s doable’.

“We’ll cross that bridge when we get to it. Pietro is here, Romain is here. We just need to see how he feels. It depends on his health.”