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PODCAST: Hard Left Turn - Scary F1 crash reminds us of racing's dangers

By AccessWDUN Staff
Posted 9:27PM on Monday 30th November 2020 ( 3 months ago )

The opening lap of Sunday's Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix was marred by a fiery crash by HAAS F1 driver Romain Grosjean that made clear just how dangerous the sport can still be.

Fortunately, Grosjean escaped with reported slight burns on his hands and feet, but the frightening sight of the crash in turn 3 of the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain is a reminder of how important all the safety innovations throughout the world of motorsports is.

On this week's Hard Left Turn podcast, Brandon Reed, Pete McCole and Amy Henderson take a look at the accident and some of the gains in driver safety that have been made over the years, including:

-Grosjean's crash proved the importance of Formula One's Halo bar, which helps to protect the driver's head in an open cockpit racecar.

-The crash saw Grojean's car penetrate through a guardrail style barrier, which is still used widely in road racing.  We talk about the various barriers available in different forms of motorsports.

-Every crash in every form of racing helps all types of motorsports to learn about safety.  What will we learn from this one?

-And we'll take a look at the latest news from the past week.

For up-to-the-minute motorsports information, follow @WDUNRacing on Twitter and log on to the Around the Track page daily.

Haas driver Romain Grosjean of France is helped by medical staff after he crashed his car during the Formula One race in Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. (Hamad Mohammed, Pool via AP)
Staff extinguish flames from Haas driver Romain Grosjean of France's car after a crash during the Formula One race in Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. (Brynn Lennon, Pool via AP)
The cockpit of Haas driver Romain Grosjean's car is taken after the crash at the start of the Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix in Sakhir, Bahrain, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. (Tolga Bozoglu, Pool via AP)
Haas driver Romain Grosjean of France has his car taken after a crash during the Formula One race in Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. (Hamad Mohammed, Pool via AP)
Pete McCole (left), Brandon Reed (center) and Amy Henderson (right) stand in the infield at Charlotte Motor Speedway prior to the 2019 Coca-Cola 600. Photo: John K. Harrelson

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