Grosjean credits psychologist for keeping Bahrain nightmares at bay

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Grosjean credits psychologist for keeping Bahrain nightmares at bay

Romain Grosjean underwent one of the most harrowing experiences a human being can endure, but the former Haas driver took the necessary steps to keep the nightmares and flashbacks in check after his fiery Bahrain crash.

Last November, Grosjean walked away with burns to his hands from the fireball that engulfed the Frenchman after his car pierced through the barriers on the opening lap of the Bahrain GP.

Grosjean's escape at Sakhir was as miraculous as it was tenuous and would have left any ordinary person with deep mental scars and enduring visions of horror.

But the 35-year-old IndyCar driver says he has no issues revisiting that fateful day. Speaking to host Tom Clarkson on F1's latest Beyond the Grid podcast, Grosjean revealed that he had re-watched the dramatic footage at the request of his children.

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"Yeah, the kids asked," he said. "They had many questions. I have watched it with my kids, with my wife. I can talk about it very openly.

"I worked with a psychologist after it, just to make sure there were no flashbacks or nightmares or anything bad coming from it.

“I had a couple of flashbacks, and a phase in the accident that I needed to understand, to go through with my psychologist," he admitted.

"One was quite early morning, 6am, and my son woke me up. And the other one was when I was going for surgery on my hands in Geneva, being put asleep (with anesthetic).

"So I guess all the ingredients were there to not make you feel good and remind you what Bahrain hospital looked like from the bed."

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"So they were the couple of flashbacks I’ve had. Since then I’ve never had a nightmare. I can watch [the crash] without any problem, I can talk about it without any problem.

"Yes, you know my hand is not great – I can’t go in the sun, I have to be careful with cold temperatures, with hot temperatures and so on.

"But also it’s working – I can play with my kids, I can still build Lego, and that’s what matters."

Few would have blamed Grosjean for walking away from motorsport after escaping death so astoundingly. But the Frenchman has chosen to race on, moving west to the US to apply his skills and expertise with Dale Coyne Racing in the NTT IndyCar Series.

Grosjean is happy with his new American endeavour, but he also claims to be a more peaceful and contented human being in his everyday life since his Bahrain accident.

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"One hundred per cent, and I may sound crazy, but let me explain," he said. "Every day I live since then is like a bonus day. I was so close to not being here anymore that it makes you realise how beautiful life is.

"Yes, you know you may have small issues here and there - a connecting flight being cancelled or losing time, things you would moan about, and I’ll still moan a little bit about it.

“But also every morning I wake up, I need to remove my silicon gloves and put some cream on my hands, and I remember that I am alive, I am here.

"I can play with my kids, I can go racing again, I’ve got my lovely wife next to me. I’m happier in life, just because I’ve realised how good life is even with it’s problems.

"It would be quite boring if we didn’t have any issues in life.

"It is quite crazy to think that I had to be so close to not being here anymore to realise that life is not free – it has to be lived."

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FIA to increase its scrutiny of 'bendy wings' in F1

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FIA to increase its scrutiny of 'bendy wings' in F1

Lewis Hamilton's comment last weekend in Spain on Red Bull using a 'bendy wing' on its car may well have re-sparked the interest of the FIA on the matter, with the latter set to increase its scrutiny of flexible wings in F1.

In Barcelona, Hamilton contended that the rear wing on Max Verstappen's car was flexing at high speed, potentially decreasing the RB16B's drag on the straights and thus increasing its top speed.

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner admitted to being surprised by the Mercedes driver's comment, ensuring the Milton Keynes-based outfit's car had passed all of F1's stringent load tests.

"Of course, the cars are scrutineered thoroughly and there's pull back tests, and there's all kinds of different tests it has to pass," Horner said.

"The FIA are completely happy with the car, that it has passed all of those tests that are pretty stringent.

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However, F1's governing body has issued to teams a new Technical Directive (TD 18/21) in which it says it will submit rear wings to increased testing constraints from next month's French GP.

The FIA's new anti-flexing tests will involve almost doubling the load applied to both the pullback load and vertical load tests.

“We will be looking out for any anomalous behaviour of the deformation of the rear wing,” said FIA single-seater technical head Nikolas Tombazis.

“In particular, we will not tolerate any persistent out-of-plane deformation that may be contrived to circumvent the symmetrical loading applied in the load deflection tests.

“Should we observe any characteristics that indicate exploitation of this area, we will introduce further load deflection tests as necessary.”

In F1, a flexible wing is considered to be a moving aerodynamic device, something that has been illegal since 1969.

However, in 2011 Red Bull enjoyed a key aero advantage over its rivals by using flexible front wings despite the team's RB7 passing the FIA's load tests.

Red Bull achieved this thanks to a clever optimization of its carbon fibre technology through a specific layering that allowed for a wing to flex while still retaining its strength, and more importantly while passing the FIA's load-to-deflection test with flying colors.

Oddly, despite Hamilton's comments and video footage which appeared to show Verstappen's rear wing flexing at high speed in Spain, both Red Bull's cars were among the slowest on the Circuit de Catalunya's main straight during qualifying.

If Red Bull has somehow once again gained an edge in the flexible wing department, it will retain that advantage in the upcoming three races at Monaco, Baku and Istanbul, while potentially preparing a new-spec design in time for the start of the French GP weekend on June 25.

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