A former George Eliot Hospital consultant was one of the first people on the scene of the horrific crash that saw Romain Grosjean’s car burst into flames.
Dr Ian Roberts, FIA medical delegate, was in the medical car following Grosjean at the Bahrain GP yesterday (November 29).
Dr Roberts, who used to work within the theatres team at the Nuneaton hospital, spoke of the moment he reached over and pulled Grosjean over the barrier to safety.
He was working with Alan van der Merwe, medical car driver, at the time.
Dr Roberts spoke about the moment to Sky Sports saying: “”First lap, as normal we were following [the cars] around. There was just a massive flame and as we arrived, it was a very odd scene, we’d got half the car pointing in the wrong direction and then just across the barrier, a mass of heat.
“Just to stop and then looking to the right, at that point I could see Romain trying to get up. We needed some way of getting to him, and we had the marshal there with an extinguisher, and the extinguisher was just enough to get the flame away. Romain then got high enough for me to reach over and pull him over the barrier.”
The French Haas driver was taken to hospital with second degree burns to his hands, but miraculously did not suffer more serious injuries. His team has announced he is expected to be released from hospital tomorrow.
Both Dr Roberts, who has gone on to work at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, and van der Merwe have now been hailed F1 heroes for their quick actions to save the driver.
Dr Roberts has also been the chief medical officer at Silverstone.
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