SAKHIR – It was like a scene from an action movie, except totally unscripted and genuinely life-threatening, involving a stunning escape that Harry Houdini would have struggled to match.
Formula One driver Romain Grosjean was trapped in a burning car after it sliced in half and exploded into a fireball, following a crash on the first lap of the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday.
As flames tore into the desert night sky, Grosjean was inside a raging furnace for about 10-15 seconds.
Somehow, the quick-thinking Frenchman did not give in to panic.
Somehow, he was lucid enough to find a way out.
Jumping through the flames like an action hero, he then grabbed the molten-hot metal barrier in front of him and hurdled over it onto the track.
Safe though visibly shaken, he was well enough to walk to the ambulance with the help of two medics.
He was treated for minor burns to the back of both hands but was well enough to speak from his hospital bed late Sunday, in a video posted by F1.