“We’ve had one off-season team manager meeting” – IndyCar is in touch with the FIA to learn lessons from the Romain Grosjean crash and make improvements to their Aeroscreen, taking the Halo as inspiration.
Romain Grosjean and his survival story was one of the biggest talking points of last season. The halo and the medical team played a crucial role in ensuring the Frenchman is still there with us. This has inspired IndyCar too, with President Jaye Frye confirming to the Racer that they are working with F1’s governing body FIA to learn from the crash and further improve their safety standards.
“We’ve had one off-season team manager meeting and another one coming up here shortly, and we’ll go through this and standardize some things.”
“We all saw what happened with [Grosjean], and what’s the result? Well, the result was what you want, and the driver was okay.”
“And obviously it was a big incident, so we were already looking at some quick disconnect options on a few things, and when we get the report – the findings – on the F1 crash, we’ll also see if there’s anything in there we could do better, do differently with our frame and screen. Our system is different than theirs, but there’s a lot of similar things that can carry over.”
I’ve never seen anything like this in modern F1. The closest I can remember is Dan Wheldon’s fatal crash in IndyCar. Romain Grosjean is a very lucky man. Incredible. #BahrainGP
— Ste’ Anthony (@TalkativeGravy3) November 29, 2020
Romain Grosjean on the path to recovery
Romain Grosjean has bid farewell to F1, along with his Haas teammate Kevin Magnussen. They have been replaced by Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin. Grosjean has had treatment on his injuries and is in a consistent process of recovery. He has however ruled out a move to IndyCar for the time being, for very obvious safety and family-related reasons.
I survived 2020. See you in 2021
— Romain Grosjean (@RGrosjean) December 31, 2020