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Barrier deformation in crash ‘a major problem' – Shovlin

Mercedes’ Trackside Engineering Director Andrew Shovlin described the deformation of the barrier in Romain Grosjean’s crash as a “major problem” and believes its positioning also needs evaluation. Grosjean suffered minor burns in a violent accident on the opening lap of Formula 1’s Bahrain Grand Prix, with his Haas VF-20 impacting the barriers at 221km/h (137mph). The impact, measured at 53G, split the VF-20 in two, with the car erupting into flames. “There’s a huge element of luck in him surviving that accident,” said Shovlin. “When you actually saw him in the medical car, almost that you couldn’t believe that he was in the medical car and had got there by himself....
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