FIA announce details of Grosjean crash investigation and expect to release findings within eight weeks
Formula 1's governing body the FIA say they expect to complete their investigation into Romain Grosjean’s dramatic Bahrain Grand Prix crash within six to eight weeks.
The Haas driver escaped a fiery accident on the opening lap at Sakhir with burns to the back of his hands. He left hospital on Wednesday, but will continue private treatment and is keen to return to the cockpit for the season finale in Abu Dhabi if passed fit.
FIA race director Michael Masi said on Sunday that the investigation began almost immediately, and the governing body have now explained the how the process will work.
“As with all serious accidents, we will analyse every aspect of this crash and collaborate with all parties involved.
“With so much data available in Formula 1, it allows us to accurately determine every element of what occurred and this work has already begun,” said FIA Safety Director Adam Baker.
“We take this research very seriously and will follow a rigorous process to find out exactly what happened before proposing potential improvements.”
The FIA say the investigation will look at all areas of the crash including competitor safety devices such as the helmet, HANS, safety harness, protective clothing, survival cell, headrest, in-car extinguisher system and the halo device.
They will also analyse chassis integrity and the safety barrier performance for an impact of that energy and trajectory and assess the role of the track marshals and medical intervention team.
They will use a wealth of tools, including a driver-facing camera which captures footage at 400 frames per second. Formula 1, Haas and the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association have been asked for their input.
The information gathered will be considered by the Research Working Group before being discussed at a meeting of the FIA Safety Commission, which is chaired by Williams F1 co-founder Sir Patrick Head. The findings are subsequently presented to the World Motor Sport Council, and will ultimately be made public.