- Romain Grosjean will not race in this weekend’s second Bahrain Grand Prix
- Haas have announced they will hand a debut to Brazilian driver Pietro Fittipaldi
- Fittipaldi, 24, is the grandson of two-time F1 world champion Emerson Fittipaldi
- Grosjean’s car burst into flames as it smashed into a barrier in Bahrain on Sunday
- It split in half and he was lucky to be pulled from wreckage with minor injuries
Pietro Fittipaldi will replace Romain Grosjean in this weekend’s second Bahrain Grand Prix
Grosjean shared a video saying he was fine after his horrific Bahrain Grand Prix crash
The French driver was lucky to walk away largely unscathed after his Haas car smashed into a barrier, burst into flames and split in half on lap one
An F1 doctor has since revealed the visor on Grosjean’s helmet melted as he sat in the flames
Romain Grosjean has been ruled out of this weekend’s second consecutive race in Bahrain following his horrific crash on Sunday and will be replaced by Haas reserve Pietro Fittipaldi.
Grosjean’s Haas car smashed into a barrier at 140mph on the first lap of the race. On impact, it burst into flames, tore through the barrier and split in half as he was left in the burning wreckage for around 30 seconds before managing to rush to safety.
Despite a Haas statement on Monday revealing Grosjean is expected to be released from hospital on Tuesday, Haas have pulled him from this weekend’s race at the same circuit.
He will be replaced by the team’s Brazilian reserve driver Fittipaldi, the 24-year-old grandson of double world champion Emerson Fittipaldi.
A statement from Haas team principal Guenther Steiner read: ‘After it was decided that the best thing for Romain was to skip at least one race, the choice to put Pietro in the car was pretty easy.
‘Pietro will drive the VF-20 and he’s familiar with us having been around the team for the past two seasons as a test and reserve drive.
‘It’s the right thing to do and it’s obviously a good opportunity for him. He’s been patient and was always prepared for this opportunity – and now it has come.
‘That’s why we want him in the car and I’m sure he’ll do a good job. It’s very demanding being called in at the last minute, but as I said, I think it’s the right thing to do for Haas F1 team.’
Fittipaldi added: ‘Most importantly I’m happy Romain is safe and healthy. We’re all very happy his injuries are relatively minor after such a huge incident.
‘Obviously, it’s not an ideal set of circumstances to get my first opportunity to compete in Formula 1 but I’m extremely grateful to Gene Haas and Guenther Steiner for their faith in putting me behind the wheel this weekend.’
Grosjean’s Haas clipped Daniil Kvyat’s AlphaTauri early on in the race before it hurtled off the track at 137mph and hit the barriers at 56G.
His ‘halo’ — the titanium and carbon device that protects a driver’s head — had bent the barrier and, seemingly, saved his life.
Grosjean was quickly flown by helicopter to BDF Military Hospital, 10 miles north in West Riffa, with slight burns to his hands, which were bandaged on Sunday night.
On Sunday night, Grosjean sent a video message from his hospital bed. He said: ‘Hello everyone. I just wanted to say I am OK, well sort of OK. Thank you very much for all the messages.
‘I wasn’t in favour of the halo some years ago but I think it’s the greatest thing that we brought to Formula One and without it I wouldn’t be able to speak to you today.
‘So thanks to all the medical staff at the circuit and at the hospital. Hopefully, I can soon write you some messages and tell you how it’s going.’
The 16th round of the 2020 F1 season will take place on the ‘Outer Layout’ of the Bahrain International Circuit for the first time on Sunday, December 6.