Lewis Hamilton reacts to Romain Grosjean’s crash and ‘joke risk’ drivers take

Lewis Hamilton says the risks Formula 1 drivers take is 'no joke' after Romain Grosjean suffered minor injuries in a horrific accident at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Just three turns into the race, Grosjean's Haas flew straight into a barrier and burst into flames after he clipped Daniil Kyvat's Alpha Tauri.

Grosjean managed to escape the inferno and receive treatment from the FIA medical team while stewards put out the fire.

The French driver is understood to have suffered minor burns and a suspected broken rib but is in good spirits.

With the race suspended for over an hour, Hamilton took to Twitter is express his gratitude.

He wrote: "I'm so grateful Romain is safe. Wow… the risk we take is no joke, for those of you out there that forget that we put our life on the line for this sport and for what we love to do.

"Thankful to the FIA for the massive strides we've taken for Romain to walk away from that safely."

Hamilton's sentiments were echoed by Williams driver George Russell, who said: "Massive relief to see Romain is ok.

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"Huge credit to all the teams, the FIA and F1 for all the safety measures we have in the sport today."

One of the first people on the scene of Grosjean's crash was Alan van der Merwe, who was driving the FIA's medical car at the back of the grid.

And he revealed he had never seen a fire like that in his time in the sport.

He said: "It was a big surprise. I have never seen that much fire in 12 years.

"Romain got out of the car himself, which is pretty amazing after an accident like that.

"All the systems we have worked to develop, everything worked hand-in-hand: the halo, the barriers, the seat-belt.

"Everything worked. Without just one of those things working, it could have been a very different outcome."

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