Romain Grosjean survives horror crash as his car splits in half and bursts into flames at Bahrain GP - in pictures

Team says Frenchman suffered minor burns on his hands and ankles

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Haas driver Romain Grosjean miraculously survived a massive crash on the opening lap of the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday when his car hit the wall and burst into flames.

Frenchman Grosjean, 34, veered off the track after just three corners, hitting the barriers at about 140mph.

Grosjean's Haas team reported that the driver was out of the cockpit. He was then pictured sitting in the medical car before gingerly heading towards a stretcher.

A replay then showed Grosjean leaping out of his fireball inferno with the aid of a medical doctor. It emerged that his car sliced in half on impact, with one part of the car going through the other side of the barrier.

A Haas spokesperson said: "Romain has minor burns on his hands and ankles but otherwise he is OK. He is with the doctors now."