Romain Grosjean: A damage cost report of the horror crash at Bahrain for Haas, and the other big crashes this season.
The Formula 1 2020 season was breath-taking, for multiple reasons. The fact that 17 races were pulled off out of thin air considering the pandemic situation then is incredible, and all the stakeholders led by the FIA deserve praise for this. Add to that the transfer silly season, and the shock wins here and there, and we might just see Dare to Survive requiring 20 episodes to cover this season, starring Romain Grosjean.
Apart from that, there were a lot of incredible crashes throughout the season, none more so than Grosjean’s at Bahrain. The Haas was wrecked into pieces as it has never been, such was the impact of the fireball crash. The FORMULA 1 Magazine did an assessment of the damage, and the number might have given boss Guenther Steiner a mini-heartbreak.
Most costly crashes of the F1 2020 season
The aforementioned crash cost the American team a whopping €3,750,000 in damages. The crash had resulted in the entire chassis and gearbox getting blown off in flames, in one of the worst crashes in the history of the sport. The incredibly unbelievable survival story of Grosjean will be forever etched in the minds of people who watched it live on screen.
Vettel: “How @RGrosjean was able to survive this crash almost unharmed is still a mystery to me. That he is still with us, that he is alive, is therefore the moment of the year for me.”
— tami. (@Vetteleclerc) December 27, 2020
Grosjean had also crashed with Alex Albon, formerly of Red Bull, during FP2 of the Bahrain GP. The €6,050,000 in damages contributed to making that weekend the most expensive of the season. On the flip side, the season finale borefest at Abu Dhabi cost zilch, zero.
Haas unsurprisingly had the biggest bill – a huge sum of €5,060,000 in damages alone. Red Bull were the runners-up with €3,340,000, while champions Mercedes had a mere sum of just € 660,000 euros.
Season-to-season, the amount last year was naturally higher – €34,110,000 compared to this season’s €20,805,000.