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A fire is pictured following the crash of Romain Grosjean of France and Haas F1 during the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

A fire is pictured following the crash of Romain Grosjean of France and Haas F1 during the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

A fire is pictured following the crash of Romain Grosjean of France and Haas F1 during the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Formula 1 driver Romain Grosjean escaped from a horrifying crash at the Bahrain Grand Prix, as his car crashed into a barrier, split in two and burst into flames.

Grosjean, 34, scrambled to get out of his burning car for almost half a minute before eventually leaping away and into the arms of Formula One doctor, Englishman Ian Roberts, one of the first men on the scene.

On the opening lap, Grosjean moved to his right at the third corner, before hitting the front-left wheel of Daniil Kvyat’s AlphaTauri, and penetrating the steel barrier at 140mph. The force of the impact, which registered at 53G, split his machine in two.

Grosjean’s cockpit instantly burst into flames, and the sport held its breath as television cameras cut hastily away from the extraordinary accident and the race was immediately stopped.

After a number of minutes, Grosjean’s Haas team mercifully reported that their driver was out of the cockpit. He was then pictured sitting in the medical car before limping towards an ambulance, aided by Roberts and medical car driver Alan Van Der Merwe. He had leapt out of his burning machine with his racing boot missing from his left foot.

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Romain Grosjean of France and Haas F1 is pictured being helped into an ambulance after a crash during the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain. (Photo by Rudy Carezzevoli/Getty Images)

Romain Grosjean of France and Haas F1 is pictured being helped into an ambulance after a crash during the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain. (Photo by Rudy Carezzevoli/Getty Images)

Romain Grosjean of France and Haas F1 is pictured being helped into an ambulance after a crash during the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain. (Photo by Rudy Carezzevoli/Getty Images)

Grosjean was airlifted to the BDF Military Hospital, 10 miles north of the Bahrain International Circuit, with burns to his hands and ankles and suspected broken ribs. It is also understood he might have broken a bone in his foot following one of the biggest accidents in Formula One’s recent memory.

Remarkably, Grosjean posted a video from his hospital bed on Sunday evening, with the halo safety device on his car hailed with saving his life.

"Hello everyone. Just wanted to say I am OK, well, sort of OK," he said, as he waggled his bandaged hands. "Thank you very much for all the messages.

"I wasn’t for the halo some years ago but I think it’s the greatest thing that we’ve brought into Formula One. Without it I wouldn’t be able to speak to you today.

"Thanks to all the medical staff at the scene and the hospital. Hopefully I can write to you soon some messages and tell you how it’s going."

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