Lewis Hamilton wrapped up his record-extending 95th career win on a night that was overshadowed by a horrific crash that left Haas driver Romain Grosjean in hospital.
The 34-year-old French driver appeared to swerve right across the path of AlphaTauri’s Daniil Kvyat who shunted the Haas sending it hurtling toward the barrier out of turn 3. Stunning images caught by the F1 world feed saw the car explode upon impact.
Miraculously, Grosjean was seen emerging from the wreckage through the flames 18 seconds after impact before being met by F1 medical car driver Alan van der Merwe who helped the Frenchman to safety.
It appears as though the controversial halo part – which took the brunt of a wheel heading for Carlos Sainz Jr’s helmet in an incident earlier this season – saved the life of the Haas driver.
In a post from hospital, Grosjean credited the halo for saving his life.
“Just wanted to say I am OK — well, sort of OK,” Grosjean said. “Thank you very much for all the messages.
“I wasn’t for the halo years ago, but I think it is the greatest thing that we’ve had in Formula One and without it I wouldn’t be able to speak to you today.
“So, thanks to all the medical staff … hopefully I can write to you quite soon some messages and tell you how it’s going”
It was announced in 2017 that the halo part would be rushed in for the start of the 2018 Formula 1 series in a bid to improve driver safety.
Australian Driver, Renault’s Daniel Riccardo also slammed the broadcast directors for showing the impact over and over again during the red flag stoppage.
2020 World Champion Hamilton took another victory with RedBull’s Max Verstappen and Alex Albon joining him on the podium in P2 and P3 respectively.