LONDON — Method One’s governing physique revealed on Friday that Romain Grosjean’s Haas automobile crashed into obstacles at 192 kph (119 mph) and with a peak power of 67G earlier than bursting into flames finally yr’s Bahrain Grand Prix.
The automobile cut up in two, with the entrance half penetrating the barrier earlier than catching hearth in the beginning of the Nov. 29 race.
The Frenchman Grosjean, 34, whose left foot was initially trapped, mentioned afterwards that he thought he was going to die however willed himself out of the wreckage for the sake of his youngsters.
The governing FIA’s report into the accident mentioned the gasoline tank inspection hatch on the left facet of the chassis was dislodged and the engine gasoline provide connection was torn from the gasoline tank security bladder.
The race was red-flagged 5.5 seconds after the affect, and the medical automobile arrived inside 11 seconds. Grosjean managed to extricate himself after 27 seconds, struggling burns to his fingers.
“Vital learnings have been drawn from these investigations that may drive our steady mission to enhance security in Method One and world motor sport,” mentioned FIA President Jean Todt.
The FIA mentioned it was now working in quite a few areas to enhance security, together with a design overview of security gasoline bladder installations and inspection hatches in all single-seater classes.
Work will even be finished to enhance the warmth resistance of gloves and analysis carried out into new kinds of crash obstacles.
The FIA mentioned its security division carried out investigations into 19 vital accidents associated to circuit racing final yr.