|2||MAX VERSTAPPEN||RED BULL RACING HONDA||+1.254s||19|
|RED BULL RACING HONDA||+8.005s||15|
|5||CARLOS SAINZ||MCLAREN RENAULT||+11.787s||10|
|10||CHARLES LECLERC||FERRARI||+1 lap||1|
|11||DANIIL KVYAT||ALPHATAURI HONDA||+1 lap||0|
|12||GEORGE RUSSELL||WILLIAMS MERCEDES||+1 lap||0|
|13||SEBASTIAN VETTEL||FERRARI||+1 lap||0|
|14||NICHOLAS LATIFI||WILLIAMS MERCEDES||+1 lap||0|
|15||KIMI RAIKKONEN||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||+1 lap||0|
|16||ANTONIO GIOVINAZZI||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||+1 lap||0|
|17||KEVIN MAGNUSSEN||HAAS FERRARI||+1 lap||0|
|18||SERGIO PEREZ||RACING POINT BWT MERCEDES||DNF||0|
|NC||LANCE STROLL||RACING POINT BWT MERCEDES||DNF||0|
|NC||ROMAIN GROSIEAN||HAAS FERRARI||DNF||0|
Lewis Hamilton celebrated his seventh world championship by winning a Bahrain Grand Prix that will be remembered for Romain Grosjean’s remarkable escape from his fireball inferno.
Grosjean, 34, scrambled to get out of his burning car for almost half a minute before eventually leaping away and into the arms of Formula One doctor, Englishman Ian Roberts, one of the first men on the scene.
On the opening lap, Grosjean moved to his right at the third corner before hitting the front-left wheel of Daniil Kvyat’s AlphaTauri and penetrating the steel barrier at 140mph. The force of the impact, which registered at 53G, split his machine in two.
Grosjean’s cockpit instantly burst into flames, and the sport held its breath as television cameras cut hastily away from the extraordinary accident, and the race was immediately stopped.
After several minutes, Grosjean’s Haas team mercifully reported that their driver was out of the cockpit. He was then pictured sitting in the medical car before limping towards an ambulance, aided by Roberts and medical car driver Alan Van Der Merwe. He had leaped out of his burning machine with his racing boot missing from his left foot.
Grosjean was airlifted to the BDF Military Hospital, 10 miles north of the Bahrain International Circuit, with burns to his hands and ankles and suspected broken ribs. It is also understood he might have broken a bone in his foot following one of the most significant accidents in Formula One’s recent memory.
“It is a miracle he is alive,” said 1996 world champion Damon Hill, whose Williams team-mate Ayrton Senna perished at the San Marino Grand Prix 26 years ago. There will now be question marks as to how Grosjean’s car managed to penetrate a steel barrier.
But the halo device – the driver-cockpit protection system controversially introduced in 2018 – appears to have played a significant role in the Frenchman’s remarkable escape.
Hamilton, who was leading the race at the time of the incident, was seen shaking his head as he watched a replay of the jaw-dropping accident from inside the Mercedes garage as the Grand Prix was suspended.
Seven-time world champion Hamilton tweeted: “I’m so grateful Romain is safe. Wow. The risk we take is no joke, for those of you out there forget that we put our life on the line for this sport and for what we love to do.
“Thankful to the FIA for the massive strides we’ve taken for Romain to walk away from that safely.”
Speaking after the race, Hamilton reflected: “It was such a shocking image to see.
“When I get in the car, I know that I am taking a risk, and I respect the dangers.
“I don’t know what G he pulled, but I am just so grateful the halo worked, and the barrier didn’t slice his head off or something. It could have been so much worse.
Hamilton completed two regulation stops for new tyres and comfortably kept Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who finished second, at bay.
The Briton has now led more laps this season than any year in his F1 career while claiming his 11th triumph of 2020.