Romain Grosjean’s helmet visor melted as the driver sat in the burning wreckage of his car following his horrifying crash, according to a Formula 1 doctor.
Grosjean miraculously walked away from his flaming Haas after he smashed into the barrier at 140 miles per hour on the first lap of the Bahrain Grand Prix.
The Frenchman was helped back to the paddock by stewards and taken to hospital, where he was treated for minor burns on his hands and ankles.
Grosjean has since provided a positive update on his condition, while F1 medic Ian Roberts recalled the shocking sight of the 34-year-old in his ripped-apart vehicle.
“He was very shaky and his visor was completely opaque and melted,” Roberts – who was one of the first doctors on the scene – told GPFans , per The Sun .
“I had to get his helmet off just to check everything was okay.
“He had some pain on his foot and hands so from that point we knew it was safe enough to move him into the [medical car], a bit more protection, get some gel on his burns then get him into the ambulance and off to the medical centre.”
Speaking to ITV , Roberts added: “There was a massive flame and we arrived to a very odd scene where you’ve got half a car pointing in the wrong direction and just across the barrier a mass of heat.
“Then looking to the right at that point, I could see Romain trying to get up. We needed some way of getting to him, so we got the marshal there with the extinguisher.
“The extinguisher was just enough to push the flame away as Romain got high enough, so I could reach over and pull him over the barrier.”
Haas released a statement on Monday saying Grosjean’s treatment is going well and he is expected to be discharged on Tuesday.
The team also confirmed reserve driver Pietro Fittipaldi will replace Grosjean for the Sakhir Grand Prix this weekend.