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How the Halo, protection decried in its early days, saved Romain Grosjean’s life

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STORY- Controversial when it was introduced in Formula 1 in 2018, the roll bar protecting the drivers’ heads once again proved its effectiveness on Sunday during the terrible accident of Romain Grosjean.

The French pilot smashed, at very high speed (220 km / h), his single-seater against the safety rail. KAMRAN JEBREILI / Pool via REUTERS

The tangle of steel and charred carbon testifies to the incredible violence of the crash. And from hell from which Romain Grosjean escaped, a true miracle, on Sunday on the Sakhir circuit. Victim of a collision with a competitor, the Russian Daniil Kvyat, just seconds after the start of the Bahrain Grand Prix, the French driver smashed, at very high speed (220 km / h), his car against the safety rail . Terrible, the shock disintegrated his car, literally cut in two. The aft part – containing the engine – remained on the track while the cockpit – with Grosjean inside – was fitted into the rail. Caught in an impressive blaze, the pilot took very long seconds (approximately 25) to extricate himself from this hot metal trap, with the help of Doctor Ian Roberts. Arrived very quickly at the scene of the accident alongside Alan Van der Merwe, the pilot of the emergency car, the medical coordinator on the F1 Grands Prix demonstrated

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