Grosjean crash investigation findings expected within eight weeks · RaceFans

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The FIA has begun its investigation into Romain Grosjean’s fiery crash on the first lap of the Bahrain Grand Prix.

The sport’s governing body expects to publish details of its findings in “six to eight weeks”.

The FIA’s safety director Adam Baker said the investigation will scrutinise all available data from what happened up to and after Grosjean’s 53G impact with the barrier.

“As with all serious accidents, we will analyse every aspect of this crash and collaborate with all parties involved,” said Baker. “With so much data available in Formula 1, it allows us to accurately determine every element of what occurred and this work has already begun.

“We take this research very seriously and will follow a rigorous process to find out exactly what happened before proposing potential improvements.”

The investigation will closely examine all safety devices which helped Grosjean survive the impact and fire which followed, including his helmet, HANS, safety belts and clothing. The car’s survival cell – which separated from the rear of the car in the impact – its headrest, onboard fire extinguisher system and Halo will also be studied.

Romain Grosjean crash, Bahrain International Circuit, 2020
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Several prominent figures, including Grosjean himself and Formula 1 motorsport director Ross Brawn, have already singled out the performance of the recently-introduced Halo for praise following the crash.

The role played by the barrier in the crash will also form part of the investigation. Some drivers have raised concerns that Grosjean’s car was able to split the girders in the barrier and become lodged within it when it crashed.

The analysis will also address the behaviour of Grosjean’s car and its safety structures in the crash and how the safety team and marshals responded.

Aside from the wealth of publicly available footage of the crash, the FIA’s Serious Accident Study Group will draw on other data sources for its investigation. These include the high-speed driver-facing camera, which captures footage at 400 frames per second, in-car accident data recorder, and Grosjean’s in-ear accelerometer, which measures the forces his head experienced.

An in-depth analysis of how Grosjean survived his Bahrain crash will appear in this week’s edition of the RacingLines column, which will be published later today on RaceFans.

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