French driver leaves Bahrain hospital after fireball crash
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – November 29, 2020. Flames seen from the crash scene after Haas’ Romain Grosjean crashed out at the start of the race. [Pool via REUTERS/Kamran Jebreili/File Photo]

French Formula One driver Romain Grosjean left hospital in Bahrain on Wednesday after being treated for burns to his hands suffered when his Haas car was engulfed in a fireball.

The 34-year-old had an astonishing escape after the vehicle penetrated the metal crash barriers in Sunday’s race at the Sakhir circuit, splitting in two and erupting in flames.

The same circuit hosts another race this weekend but Grosjean will not take part, replaced by the team’s Brazilian reserve Pietro Fittipaldi.

French driver leaves Bahrain hospital after fireball crash
Haas driver Romain Grosjean of France is helped by medical staff after he crashed his car during the Formula One race in Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. [Hamad Mohammed, Pool via AP]

Haas said Grosjean will remain in Bahrain to continue private treatment.

The driver said on Tuesday that he still wanted to drive in next week’s season-ending race in Abu Dhabi.

“Even though it is complicated for those close to me, it is a need for me to get back into a Formula One car, to see where I am, if I can continue to drive,” he said. 

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