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Halo "the greatest thing we've brought to Formula 1" - Grosjean after life saved by device

Halo "the greatest thing we've brought to Formula 1" - Grosjean after life saved by device

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Halo "the greatest thing we've brought to Formula 1" - Grosjean after life saved by device

Halo "the greatest thing we've brought to Formula 1" - Grosjean after life saved by device

Romain Grosjean has praised the halo for saving his life - after previously being a staunch advocate against.

Grosjean posted a message on Instagram from his bed at the Bahrain Defence Force Royal Medical Services Military Hospital just hours after miraculously escaping from a fireball crash on the opening lap of the Bahrain Grand Prix.

With both hands wrapped in bandages and up on stirrups, a smiling Grosjean said: "Hello everyone. I just wanted to say I am okay...well, sort of okay (waggling his fingers). Thank you very much for all the messages.

"I wasn't for the halo some years ago but I think it's the greatest thing we've brought to Formula 1 and without it, I wouldn't be able to speak to you today.

"So thanks to all the medical staff at the circuit, at the hospital, and hopefully I can write to you quite soon some messages and tell you how it's going."

The halo was introduced in 2018 and it played a pivotal role in what Lewis Hamilton has described as Grosjean's head not being "sliced off".

In 2017, Grosjean said of the halo: "I have made myself clear since the beginning - we don't need anything. I am against every halo or shield or whatever. It is not F1."

Grosjean, who has been cleared of suffering any fractures, is to remain in hospital overnight.

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