Following the ‘miracle’ escape of a Formula 1 racing car driver at the Bahrain Grand Prix, FIRE Editor Andrew Lynch reflects on technological advances which could help improve firefighter safety.
As an avid Formula 1 fan, the pictures of the Hass car driven by Romain Grosjean hurtling into a crash barrier and bursting into flames at the Bahrain Grand Prix was shocking to behold.
As the director cut away from what was most likely a fatal crash, the commentators were clearly disturbed, muted even, as they waited for news of the incident. A few moments later, as it became apparent that the driver had somehow escaped largely intact, more images began to materialise. Those pictures – mostly aerial shots circling the fireball and zooming in on the phoenix-like emergence of Romain, helped by the comparatively unprotected medic over the bowed crash barrier – would be repeated for hours on the same Sky Sports channel and recast on other media outlets and shared endlessly on social media. What psychological impact, one wonders, on vulnerable viewers?