Romain Grosjean celebrates anniversary of F1 fireball crash he nearly died from

Romain Grosjean celebrated the anniversary of the devastating fiery crash which marked the end of his Formula One career by calling it a “birthday”.

The Swiss-Frenchman miraculously survived a horrific incident where his Haas hit a barrier at high speed during the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix.

While he survived the impact which saw his car split in half, he remained stuck in the cockpit while flames engulfed the vehicle.

Grosjean was eventually able to wrestle his way out while on fire before being put out by a quick-thinking marshal in an incident that shocked the F1 world in its entirety.

The driver was incredibly able to walk away from the incident with major injuries only to his hands and feet, but has talked extensively about coming to terms with dying while he was surrounded by the blaze.

The manner of Grosjean’s rise out of the car and his belief that he was given a “second life” has led to his nickname – ‘The Phoenix”.

And Grosjean remembered the incident by posting a picture on Instagram of him holding a slice of pie with the caption: “29 Nov 15.10 Happy birthday #ThePhoenix.”

He also made an appearance on fellow former F1 race Nico Rosberg’s podcast for the anniversary.

When asked if he was scared when the crash happened, Grosjean said: “Actually no. Surprisingly the impact for me wasn’t that bad. I undid my seatbelt, ready to get out my car but then I’m stuck.

“I thought I’m going to wait, they’re going to come and help me and then I realised there’s fire so I can’t wait.

“I tried to jump out then I realised I’m completely stuck and the situation is not good.

"At one point I thought that was it, that was my day you know. It was game over. I was, I don’t know, five-ten seconds from being dead.

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“I almost accepted that I would be dead. I saw peace and my body was relaxed.

“Eventually I thought about my three kids and thought no, I can’t leave them without a dad, and that’s how I found the last energy to find a solution to jump out of the car.

“Normally when you touch something hot you remove it but I kept my hands in the fire because that’s the only grip I had to jump out.”

He added: “My foot was stuck. That moment when I was sliding and I knew I was off was the best moment of my live because I was going to live.”

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