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First Official F1 Exhibition to Feature Romain Grosjean’s Fiery Bahrain GP Crash 

The exhibits include the charred remains of the Haas' survival cell

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Aditya Saikrishna
Aditya Saikrishna
I am 21 years old and an avid Motorsports enthusiast.

SPAIN: Motorsport enthusiasts will be in for a treat with the first-ever official F1 exhibition set to open in Madrid on March 24. The seven-room exhibition will feature never-before-seen films, iconic Grand Prix cars, and historical relics.

Romain Grosjean’s torched F1 car is now a museum exhibit

However, one particular exhibit in the “Survival” room will undoubtedly stand out among the rest. The room will display Romain Grosjean’s Haas in one of the scariest and most violent crashes in recent memory at the 2020 Bahrain GP.

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During the opening lap of the Bahrain Grand Prix, Grosjean lost control of his car, crashing into the barriers at an astounding 120 mph (193 kph). The impact split the Haas in half, with the cockpit still containing Grosjean bursting into flames after breaking through the safety fencing. 

Despite being trapped inside the burning car for nearly 30 seconds, Grosjean miraculously managed to free himself, climb out of the inferno, and escape with burns on his hands. 

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The horrific crash ended Grosjean’s F1 career, but he has turned to compete in IndyCar. The “Survival” room in the exhibition will feature a film where Grosjean recalls the moment of the crash.

He explains how he was unaware of the accident’s severity until he saw a replay the next day. His wife and children watched the race with his father when the crash occurred, and the memory of the terrifying incident will stay with them forever. 

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In the film, Grosjean recounts the moment he had to break the headrest to escape the car and the efforts of Dr. Ian Roberts, Alan van der Merwe, and a fireman who helped him escape the burning wreckage.

The exhibit also includes newly-released footage from a different angle of the accident, allowing visitors to witness the full impact of the crash.

Grosjean’s wreck will be displayed in two halves, accompanied by a replica of the car’s safety cell. The French driver thinks the safety cell saved his life, even though the shell was damaged and burned.

The exhibition, held at the IFEMA Madrid in the northeastern part of the Spanish capital, has already sold out of many ticket options.

The event is expected to attract motorsport enthusiasts worldwide as they witness the history, evolution, and impact of F1 over the years. Overall, the first official F1 exhibition is set to be an incredible showcase of the sport’s rich history, featuring some of the most iconic cars and moments in F1. 

But the crash of Grosjean will definitely be the most powerful and emotional part of the exhibit.

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