“Jules Bianchi saved my life”- Romain Grosjean credits former Ferrari driver as his accident during the Japanese Grand Prix forced massive change.
Halo is credited to be the essential element behind Romain Grosjean‘s escape from Bahrain Grand Prix’s horrible accident. However, before Halo was introduced in 2018, it took several lives and injuries before it was implemented.
One such incident was of Jules Bianchi, whose car crashed into a crane in 2014, causing a severe head injury, which ended his life. A tragic loss to Formula 1.
In a documentary produced by Canal Plus, the video elaborately describes how the Grosjean crash occurred via computer-animated graphics. The documentary broadcasted by the French channel also encompassed bytes from Grosjean, his wife and race engineer.
Wow. Incredible Canal Plus animation of @RGrosjean‘s accident. Most accurate I’ve seen to date.
Have collected the animation clips into one video here (footage was placed amongst interview footage in the documentary).
— Peke_Formula1 (@Peke_Formula1) February 20, 2021
Once the critic of Halo, Grosjean credited Jules Bianchi for saving his life, as the latter’s crash was one example for FIA to impose Halo on the teams.
“Jules Bianchi saved my life thanks to the Halo. Yet, I was firmly against its introduction. What an idiot I was…Jules saved my life; he saved the lives of other drivers. I will forever be grateful to him,” declared the Frenchman.
An abrupt end to the career
Romain Grosjean obtained minor injuries from the crash, forcing him out for the next two races in the 2020 season. Haas already told him that he wouldn’t be continuing for them 1n 2021.
Thus, it was a sad and abrupt end to his career in F1. Though he managed to save his life, and that is what everyone can be grateful for in the end.
Grosjean would be competing in the IndyCar series in 2021 for Dale Coyne. The American motorsport series also contacted F1 to share Grosjean’s crash findings, as it helped them elevate their own safety steps.