Haas race engineer Gary Gannon spoke completely to PlanetF1 concerning the moments after Romain Grosjean’s fiery crash in Bahrain.
Within the penultimate race of the 2021 season, Grosjean clipped the entrance wheel of Daniil Kvyat’s AlphaTauri earlier than colliding with the barrier within the opening lap.
The Haas automobile break up into two immediately and there was actual concern for Grosjean’s life when it erupted right into a fireball.
Remarkably, Grosjean was in a position to stroll away with the assistance of FIA physician Ian Roberts and made a full restoration with simply burns on his arms.
The scene was essentially the most stunning accident in a very long time within the sport and no extra so within the Haas storage the place for, what would have felt like entirety, they weren’t positive if one among their drivers was alive or lifeless.
PlanetF1 spoke to Gary Gannon, who was Kevin Magnussen’s race engineer on the time however had operated in the identical position for Grosjean beforehand, who mentioned in moments like that, you must swap off your feelings and keep in mind your coaching.
“First you’re feeling shocked however then it’s essential to do what it’s essential to do,” Gannon mentioned of any crash.
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“First it’s essential to talk with the driving force, be certain they’re okay. If they’re okay, get them to do that, swap positions appropriately, as a result of if we depart the automobile unsafe then the marshals can’t work on it.
“So if the driving force is succesful, he ought to swap off the automobile correctly to de-power the digital system. First you simply deal with these operational issues. Like with the [Mick Schumacher’s] crash in Monaco, you get by all these operational issues, and you then kind of sit again and go ‘Oh, what occurred to us right here?’
Talking about Grosjean’s crash in-particular, Gannon mentioned everybody within the pit was “quietly in shock” however knew they’d a job to do.
“Then the identical factor with Roman. Everybody was actually form of quietly in shock about it. However, you already know, everybody’s skilled and is aware of we have now a accountability so we get in with our jobs.
“You noticed the mechanics who went out to Romain’s automobile and did every part they wanted to do with the right procedures and every part although it’s this stunning and actually upsetting occasion.
“We’re ready, we all know precisely what we have to do in these moments and that overcomes the truth that you’re shocked by what you’ve simply seen. So that you revert to your coaching, mainly.”